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Yuri Voroshilov
Fictional Character
A World of Difference
POD: c 4,500,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: AD 1976
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Soviet Union
Occupation: Spy, botanist
Affiliations: KGB

Yuri Ivanovich Vorishilov was a cosmonaut, botanist, and KGB agent who travelled to Minerva aboard the space shuttle Tsiolkovsky. While Oleg Lopatin was known to be a chekist to all the crew, Voroshilov was planted secretly. Not even Lopatin knew of his identity. Everyone did know, however, that their crew contained a second Chekist.

Voroshilov was a quiet, shy, solitary individual. It was suggested by his crew members that, if anyone could have survived the Tsiolkovsky's three-year mission alone and come through with his sanity intact, it was Voroshilov. However, he loved Katerina Zakharova madly, and though he was far too shy to approach her until many months into the mission, he wrote passionate, sensuous love poetry in her honor. He intended to keep this poetry deeply private, but it was discovered by Oleg Lopatin when the other chekist spied on Voroshilov's file. Voroshilov was furious. He was even more angered when he suspected that Lopatin had beaten Zakharova and approacked Shota Rustaveli with a proposal that the two beat Lopatin as punishment. Rustaveli declined to take part in the plan, instead alerting Sergei Tolmasov to the problem. Tolmasov launched an investigation, but nothing came of it, only adding to Voroshilov's ire.

Voroshilov finally exposed himself as a KGB agent when he discovered Shota Rustaveli giving the American space shuttle Athena advance warning of the Skarmer invasion of Omalo territory. Voroshilov cut off Rustaveli's transmission and would have punished Rustaveli, but Rustaveli appealed to Voroshilov's sense of decency and love for Zakharova, finally asking "Would Katya have wanted you to cut me off?" Voroshilov finally let Rustaveli go.

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