In 2019, Pelevin worked within the Russian Government. Seeking to defect from the country, Pelevin made a deal with the CIA through James Greer to become an informant. One night, Pelevin met with Greer at a hotel room. Greer told by Pelevin that the United States had gotten his son out of Russia but he needed more information from him in order to get his wife out. Greer then asked Pelevin what he knew about a secret satellite that had recently been launched.