A former Russian KGB employee who’s been living in a Vancouver church since he was ordered to leave Canada almost four months ago has been hit with another legal setback in his bid to fight deportation.
In a decision released yesterday, a Federal Court judge rejected Mikhail Lennikov’s application for a judicial review.
The Immigration and Refugee Board had previously denied Lennikov permanent residence and, in February, Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan refused to grant an appeal.
In his 24-page decision, Justice Michel Beaudry dismissed the man’s application to have the federal minister’s decision overturned. He concluded there are no reviewable errors that warrant intervention.
“(Lennikov) and his family and his supporters are really disappointed ... and he hopes to be able to talk to his lawyer about the implications,” said Russell Collins, a member of council for the First Lutheran Church, where the man has been living.
Lennikov has said he worked as a translator with the notorious Soviet spy service several decades ago, but denies he engaged in espionage.