Federal authorities charged two diplomats and a banker Monday with spying for the Russian government in New York.
three spies used coded messages and secret handoffs to gather intelligence and send it back to Russia. They are also accused of attempting to recruit people with ties a New York City college.
Russian authorities ordered to gather economic intelligence on possible sanctions against Russian banks and U.S. efforts to create alternative energy resources. One of the suspects was identified as Yevgeny Buryakov. Buryakov posed as a bank employee in a Manhattan branch of a Russian bank. He was arrested on Monday in the Bronx, where was living with his Russian wife and two kids. The two other suspects Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy were suspected of being Buryakov’s handler. They are facing prosecution because of their diplomatic status and are believed to be in Russia. Buryakov’s codename was “Zhenya.” according to prosecutors, 39-year-old Mr. Buryakov worked as an agent of Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, known as the SVR, and his bank job was merely “nonofficial cover” for his spying.
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