In the end, in court, the side of their lives described as cloaked in secrecy and deception mostly won out over parenthood, with two defendants denied bail. Another was allowed to serve a kind of house arrest under conditions yet to be met.
She is the only one that the government concedes lived under her own name: Vicky Peláez. Ms. Peláez is a veteran columnist for El Diario La Prensa, a newspaper in New York. Her husband, known as Juan José Lázaro Sr., postponed his request for bail.
Mr. Lázaro, a former professor at Baruch College who has a 17-year-old son with Ms. Peláez, told officials that although he “loved his son, he would not violate his loyalty to the ‘Service’ even for his son,” prosecutors said.
Mr. Lázaro made the comment in a long and damaging statement after his arrest on Sunday, prosecutors revealed, in which he admitted his ties to the “Service,” a reference to the Russian S.V.R., the successor to the K.G.B., the Soviet-era spy agency.
Bastards. Every single motherfucking one of them.