New York Court Indicts Alleged Russian Agent

© REUTERS / Jane RosenbergJudge Sarah Netburn listens to defence attorney Sabrina Shroff as Evgeny Buryakov sits in court in New York, January 26, 2015
Judge Sarah Netburn listens to defence attorney Sabrina Shroff as Evgeny Buryakov sits in court in New York, January 26, 2015 - Sputnik International
A spokesperson from the US District Court of the Southern District of New York said that Russian national Evgeny Buryakov was indicted without a hearing.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russian national Evgeny Buryakov was indicted without a hearing at the US District Court of Southern District of New York on Monday, a spokesperson from the court told Sputnik following the decision.

“He [Evgeny Buryakov] was formally indicted," the court spokesperson told Sputnik on Monday. “The government is not required to conduct a preliminary hearing prior to indictment.»

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The New York Grand Jury is charging Buryakov and two other Russian nationals Igor Sporyshev and Viktor Podobny with “conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government," and “acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government."

The New York court spokesperson told Sputnik on Monday that no other arraignment date has yet been scheduled for the defendants.

The court indictment alleges that Buryakov worked within the United States as private Russian citizen and as a Foreign Intelligence Service Agent under a “non-official cover” posing as an employee at a the Manhattan office of a Russian bank from about August 2010 to January 2015.

According to the court document filed on Monday, Buryakov failed to notify the US Department of Justice as required by law that he was an agent of the Russian Federation.

The other defendant Sporyshev allegedly worked as a Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in New York for a little over a year from December 2012 to September 2013. While Podobny was an Attache to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York, according to the court document.

The Grand Jury said in the court document that the three Russian national defendants worked together on numerous occasions to “willfully and knowingly, did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit an offense against the United States.”

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As a result of the charges against the alleged Russian spies they will be forced to forfeit “all property constituting and derived from proceeds obtained directly and indirectly as a result of the offenses alleged in Counts One and Two of the Indictment, including the sum of US currency representing the approximate amount of proceeds obtained as a result of the offenses,” according to the court document.

In January, Buryakov denied all US charges against him after he was arrested.

Buryakov was arrested as part of an alleged Russian intelligence ring that the FBI says worked for Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service to gather economic information.

The two other Russian nationals, Igor Sporyshev and Viktor Podobny, were accused of working for Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service along with Buryakov.

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