Russian spies

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Report: Russian Spies Posed as Plumbers in Davos

Though Russia raises some questions about the report

(Newser) - It sounds like the plot of a movie: Police in Davos, Switzerland, believe Russian spies attempted to infiltrate this week's World Economic Forum by posing as plumbers, according to a local report and the Financial Times . Suspicion first arose when police questioned two Russian men back in August, after... More »

Mom, Dad Were Russian Spies, and He Just Won Citizenship

Alexander Vavilov can live in Canada. His parents' story inspired 'The Americans'

(Newser) - Alexander Vavilov was born in Toronto 25 years ago. Under normal circumstances, that would automatically give him Canadian citizenship. His particular circumstances, however, were anything but normal. Vavilov's parents were secret Russian spies who were eventually unmasked—a case that inspired the hit TV series The Americans. Vavilov has... More »

'He Handed Them the Formula for the A-Bomb'

Oscar Seborer was part of a family of spies

(Newser) - Three Soviet spies were at Los Alamos during World War II, stealing atomic secrets—that we know. Now the CIA journal Studies in Intelligence reports on Oscar Seborer, a fourth, previously unknown figure who may have "handed" Soviets the A-bomb formula before defecting to the USSR. Born in New... More »

Butina's Next Stop: Russia

Russian operative will be deported after being freed from prison

(Newser) - Maria Butina, the Russian who pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a clandestine foreign agent by making connections with the Trump administration, NRA, and other conservative heavy-hitters, has been freed from federal prison. She was turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation Friday, NPR reports. Butina... More »

Maria Butina Admits Plot to Infiltrate NRA

Pleads guilty to single conspiracy charge

(Newser) - A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted Thursday that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with... More »

Russia: OK, Release Our Accused Spy

Moscow calls charges against Maria Butina 'fabricated,' asks Pompeo to release her

(Newser) - The week of Russia whiplash continues , with Moscow now demanding the release of a Russian woman accused of being a covert spy , reports the New York Times . Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the request Saturday during a phone call to counterpart Mike Pompeo in which he "stressed that the... More »

Prosecutors: Maria Butina Tried to Trade Sex for Access

Feds lay out more allegations against accused Russian spy

(Newser) - The US government on Wednesday continued to flesh out its case against the 29-year-old Siberian woman accused of spying for Russia , and its most recently revealed allegations include offers of sex and contacts with the spy agency that succeeded the KGB. Prosecutors laid out the allegations in documents filed Wednesday... More »

Canadian Government Takes Son of Russian Spies to Court

Alex Vavilov was born in Toronto and wants to live there

(Newser) - Recent university graduate Alex Vavilov was born in Toronto, which would typically qualify him for Canadian citizenship except for one thing: His parents were part of a notorious Russian spy ring in North America, the AP reports. That is the conflict at the heart of a high-profile citizenship battle as... More »

Expelled Russia Diplomats May Have Tracked Defectors

Including one given a new identity under a CIA program, CNN reports

(Newser) - Some of the 60 Russian diplomats recently expelled from the US were suspected of spying on Russian defectors, including at least one person who was given a new identity under a CIA program, CNN reports, citing officials briefed on the matter. The diplomats were expelled in response to the nerve... More »

A New Development in Ex-Spy Poisoning: 3 Dead Pets

Cat, 2 guinea pigs found on Sergei Skripal's property, though Skripal himself is improving

(Newser) - First good news on Yulia Skripal ; now an optimistic outlook for her dad. Doctors at the UK hospital where Sergei Skripal has been convalescing since his March 4 poisoning report the 66-year-old ex-Russian spy is "responding well to treatment, improving rapidly, and is no longer in a critical condition,... More »

Poisoned Russian Daughter Issues First Statement

'My strength is growing daily,' says Yulia Skripal

(Newser) - Good news on the fate of Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her father in Britain: The 33-year-old issued a statement saying her health is improving. "I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily," she says in... More »

Niece: Skripal, Daughter Probably Won't Live

Viktoria Skripal says she has just '1% of hope,' though she's hoping for 'miracle'

(Newser) - Theresa May predicted that ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia may never fully recover after being poisoned with a nerve agent March 4 in Salisbury, England. Now a family member tells the BBC , via the Guardian , that the outlook for the pair "really isn't good" and that... More »

Report: Guccifer a Russian Spy Who Forgot to Use His VPN

Daily Beast has the scoop on supposed 'lone' hacker who might be Russian intelligence

(Newser) - It's hard to beat a Russian spy at his or her own game, but sometimes all it takes is forgetting to use one's anonymity shroud online. That's per Mashable , which offers a condensed breakdown of the Daily Beast 's deeper dive into a startling claim about... More »

UK's Johnson Pins Poisoning on Putin Himself

'Overwhelmingly likely'

(Newser) - How likely is it that Vladimir Putin was behind the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in England? "Overwhelmingly likely" in the eyes of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He made his claim Friday just two days after Prime Minister Theresa May kicked 23 Russians out of the country in... More »

Police Confirm Russian Spy Was Poisoned

They say a nerve agent was used against Sergei Skripal, but don't specify which one

(Newser) - British authorities on Wednesday said they knew "more about the substance" that felled a former Russian double agent, and what they revealed later in the day isn't good. In a case that's now being treated as attempted murder, authorities say Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were... More »

Russia Behind Olympics Cyberattack: Officials

Spies tried to make it appear as if North Korea was behind attack, officials say

(Newser) - The Pyeongchang Olympics were hacked—by Russian spies who tried to make it look as though the hacking was the work of North Korean spies, sources tell the Washington Post . South Korean officials have acknowledged a cyberattack hit the games during the Opening Ceremonies, causing disruptions to the internet and... More »

The Russian Spies Who Lived Among Us

Russia's post-Cold War efforts against the US didn't start with the 2016 election

(Newser) - In the mid-2000s, Michael Zottoli was working at a Seattle-area telecom firm, annoying coworkers with complaints about President Bush and phone arguments with his wife, Patricia Mills. Zottoli and Mills seemed like an ordinary—if unhappy—couple, but they were actually Mikhail Kutsik and Natalia Pereverzeva, Russian spies. The outing... More »

2 Russian Spies, 2 Hackers Behind Yahoo Hack: Reports

Sources say they're to be indicted Wednesday by Justice Department

(Newser) - The Justice Department is set to make a big announcement Wednesday about the massive 2014 Yahoo data breach, which affected 500 million users : the indictment of Dmitry Dokuchaev and his boss Igor Sushchin, both Russian spies from the Federal Security Service intelligence agency, as well as Russia-hired hackers Alexsey Belan... More »

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 »

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