“[This] included requests to gather intelligence on, among other subjects, potential United States sanctions against the Russian Federation and United States’ efforts to develop alternative energy sources,” documents released on Monday by the US Attorney General for the Southern District of New York show.
The FBI named the defendants as Igor Sporyshev, a former trade representative of Russia in New York, Viktor Podobnyy, a former attaché to the Russian mission to the UN, and Evgeny Buryakov, who was working in a Russian bank in New York.
According to the court documents, the three Russians worked for SVR’s “Directorate ER,” which focuses on economic issues, between 2012 to the present.
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- No, I believe the countries will return to a constructive dialogue.6.8% (174)
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Buryakov is charged with acting in the US as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the US Attorney General, the court said. Under US law foreign official are required to notify the attorney general they are foreign agents or representatives.
Sporyshev and Podobnyy are unlikely to go to trial, while Buryakov could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
The alleged intelligence ring gathered economic information and sought to recruit US citizens in universities, consultancies, and the banking sector, according to the court documents. The FBI accuses Sporyshev and Podobnyy of acting as intermediaries between the SVR and Buryakov, giving the agent instructions while analyzing information obtained through the intelligence ring.