Alleged Russian Spy Ring Broken Up in New York City

Law enforcement officials at the FBI announced that they have disrupted an alleged Russian-led spy ring operating out of New York City suburbs. The spy ring is purported to have been led by several different Russian agents operating under diverse identities in and around New York City, and that their activities included alleged attempts to recruit informants throughout the city. US prosecutors claim that a Russian national named Evgeny Buryakoy along with two other Russians in the United States on “official business,” Buryakoy with a Russian bank and the other two with political organizations, headed up the spy ring.

The ring was initially thought to be smaller in nature, though emerging reports allege that several other Russian recruits worked with “major US companies” or had strong ties to a “major university in New York.” The nature of the spying is largely unknown, though preliminary analysis suggests that those implicated were after “economic intelligence,” including information on the impact of US-led sanctions on Russia.

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