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What It's Like to Learn Mom and Dad Are Russian Spies

Two sons talk about bombshell FBI arrests

(Newser) - They seemed to be the most ordinary of American families: Dad Donald Heathfield, mom Tracey Foley, and their sons, Tim, 20, and Alex, 16. Then came the 2010 FBI raid on their home in Cambridge, Mass., and the revelation that mom and dad were actually deeply embedded Russian spies being... More »

FBI: Russian Spy Posed as US Banker

Evgeny Buryakov is accused of spying in Manhattan

(Newser) - The FBI today arrested an alleged Russian spy in the Bronx, saying he posed as a Manhattan banker while collecting information for Russia's SVR or foreign intelligence service, ABC News reports. A criminal complaint identifies him as Evgeny Buryakov and names his cohorts as Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy.... More »

UK Opens Inquiry in Death of Poisoned Ex-KGB Spy

Alexander Litvinenko's widow 'delighted;' more bad news for Russia

(Newser) - The widow of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has been pressing the UK government for nearly eight years to investigate his death. Today, Marina Litvinenko got her wish: Home Secretary Theresa May announced that London is opening an official inquiry into whether Russia was behind her husband’s fatal poisoning... More »

Russian Agents in US Aimed to Make Kids Spies

One was in DC college when parents were busted: sources

(Newser) - A Russian spy ring operating for years in the US aimed to turn their children into agents, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Crew members pressured kids to join the cause, and at least one had agreed to do it, the sources said. The ring, of which the notorious Anna... More »

Putin's Wife AWOL as Rumors Swirl

Lyudmila Putin rumored pregnant, or shuffled off in favor of Anna Chapman

(Newser) - Virgins everywhere might have Vladimir Putin's back, but as the Russian strongman prepares to assume the presidency in two weeks, wife Lyudmila has been conspicuously absent from his side—and tongues are wagging furiously. Is she locked away in a monastery, wonders the Daily Mail ? Or shall... More »

FBI Releases Russian Spy Videos

Surveillance videos show deep-cover spies at work

(Newser) - The FBI has released videos, photos, and documents from its decade-long investigation into a Russian spy ring . In one video, Anna Chapman can be seen talking to an undercover FBI agent, ABC reports. Other videos show sleeper agents exchanging cash in a "brush pass" in a New York City... More »

Russia Sends Hitman After Agent Who Outed Spies

'We know who he is and where he is,' Kremlin says

(Newser) - Russia has sent a hitman after the double agent who ratted out Anna Chapman and the other amateur spies the US caught this spring. “We know who he is, and where he is,” a high-ranking Kremlin source bragged to a Russian newspaper. “You can have no doubt—... More »

'Sexy Spy' Anna Chapman Lands New Job

Her new boss? FondServisBank

(Newser) - What's a sexy former spy to do? Get a job at a bank, apparently. Anna Chapman, the 28-year old Russian operative whose "007-worthy beauty" caught America's attention has now been hired by Russia's FondServisBank, reports the Telegraph . The bank, which works in the aerospace industry, has hired Chapman to... More »

Anna Chapman Cashes In on Spy Fame in Russia

And her website is coming soon

(Newser) - If you thought Anna Chapman— the sort-of Russian spy whose sexy looks earned her the tabloid treatment in this country—would fade into the background back home, check out this Der Spiegel interview. She's a certifiable star, and she's cashing in quickly. What could be more American than this statement... More »

Texas Beautician Busted in Spy Probe

She's accused of smuggling high-tech scopes

(Newser) - A beautician who splits her time between Russia and Texas has emerged as America's latest sexy spy since she was busted for trying to smuggle high-tech night vision scopes to Moscow, according to the FBI. Federal officials acting on a tip confiscated the scopes from Anna Fermanova, 24, at New... More »

Putin Sings Soviet Songs With Russian Spies

He predicts they'll have 'bright lives' in Russia

(Newser) - So maybe they weren't greeted by cheering masses in Red Square, but at least the 10 recently deported Russian spies got a secret face-to-face with Vladimir Putin. He even sang Soviet-era songs with them, Reuters reports , though tragically it has no video. "I have no doubts they will have... More »

Wow, Russia Still Wants to Spy on Us! ... Wait, Why?

Spy game flattering, but pointless

(Newser) - At first, Thomas Friedman was flattered. “Someone still wants to spy on us! Just when we were feeling down and out, the Russians show up and tell us it’s still worth briefcases of money to plant people in our think tanks,” he writes in the New York ... More »

12th Russian Spy, a Microsoft Employee, Busted

Moscow grills returned spy ring

(Newser) - As the busted Russian spy ring is interrogated back in Moscow, US authorities deported a 12th alleged member of the group: Alexey Karetnikov, a 23-year-old who was working as a software tester at Microsoft's Washington state headquarters. Karetnikov's Facebook page shows he was married and worked not only for Microsoft... More »

Brits Strip Foxy Spy's Citizenship

Anna Chapman loses UK passport 'for public good'

(Newser) - So much for Anna Chapman's wish to return to the UK, where she lived from 2002 to 2006 with her British then-husband: UK authorities have sent Chapman a letter revoking her British citizenship. The spy lost her British passport under a law that enables the UK to revoke dual nationals'... More »

Foxy Spy May Spill All

Maybe able, willing to sell story to UK tabloid

(Newser) - Russian spy Anna Chapman's plea bargain agreement, which bans her from cashing in on her story, may only be enforceable on US soil, meaning Chapman could make a fortune selling her story, complete with pictures, to a British tabloid—a possibility Chapman may be considering, her lawyer tells Newsweek . Chapman... More »

Foxy Spy's Panicked Phone Call Triggered Bust

Anna Chapman suspected feds were onto her

(Newser) - The FBI’s plan to take down the Russian spy ring was put into high gear because of a phone call to daddy. Anna Chapman, who’s become semi-famous thanks to her Bond-girl looks, got spooked after a suspicious meeting with an informant in Connecticut, and put in a panicked... More »

One Russian Spy Left Kids Behind

Vicky Pelaez's sons abandoned but not worried

(Newser) - The children of Vicky Pelaez, the Peruvian sent to Moscow last week with the other nine accused Russian spies, are still in the US and are penniless, their aunt tells the New York Post . The Red Cross is helping 17-year-old Juan Lazaro Jr.—whose dad's name is actually Mikhail... More »

Biden on Spy Swap: Thought They'd Take Limbaugh

But wasn't veep's idea to send Anna Chapman back

(Newser) - Vice President Joe Biden had to convince a skeptical Jay Leno last night that the United States didn't get a raw deal from Russia in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War. Leno asked Biden during a taping of The Tonight Show why the US was sending 10 accused... More »

Spy Swap Talks Started Weeks Before Arrests

Agents' kids sent to Russia or planning to go

(Newser) - The 14-person spy swap executed today at an airport in Vienna grew out of talks that started in June—weeks before the Russian spies living in the US were arrested—and the White House knew about the sleeper agents in February, reports the Washington Post . Meanwhile, the Russian agents' kids... More »

In Spy Swap, US Got the Pros

Russia gives up aging Cold War turncoat

(Newser) - The four spies Russia handed over to the US last night didn’t have much in common with the 10 spies they got back. The so-called “sleeper” agents that the US nabbed were mainly in the business of looking for government and think-tank contacts that Russia’s “professional”... More »

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