Russian spies were reportedly running around New York City, planning to take down the heart of the financial sector on Wall Street. Accused Russian spy Igor Sporyshev was in NYC as part of an alleged "espionage ring" planning and recruiting on American soil. The 40-year-old alleged spy is the son of a high-ranking Russian intelligence officer.
Igor Sporyshev was allegedly working with fellow accused Russian spy, Victor Podobnyy. The 27-year-old alleged was registered as a trade representative from the former Soviet Union and was reportedly tasked with recruiting women into their cause. Podobnyy left the United States on Monday, citing diplomatic immunity protections.
Evgeny Buryakov is a third suspected Russian spy who was allegedly helping to plan a "Wall Street meltdown." Russia claims that the United States has no evidence to support the spying charges. Igor Sporyshev, who also left America under the cover of diplomatic immunity, was allegedly the handler of Evgeny Buryakov, 39. Buryakov is the only member of the alleged Russian spy ring still left in the United States.
Federal prosecutors believe that Buryakov was attempting to recruit female American college students. Victor Podobnyy complained that trying to get female college students to work for Mother Russia was a not at all like the James Bond lifestyle he had imagined, according to statements the Russian reportedly made on secret FBI recordings, now in the hands of prosecutors.
"You either need to f**k them or use other levers to influence them," Sporyshev allegedly said about the American women the so-called Russian spy ring was attempting to recruit. Mikhail Sporyshev, the father of the alleged Russian spy, was a Major-General in the FSB Secret Service, which Vladimir Putin once led, and died in a car crash in 2008.
"The fact that I'm sitting with a cookie right now at the … chief enemy spot. F**k," Podobnyy reportedly said in Russian on the FBI recordings.
"Not on point of what I thought then [unintelligible] not even close. [Unintelligible] movies about James Bond. Of course I wouldn't fly helicopters, but pretend to be someone else at a minimum."All three of the alleged Russian spies were charged with conspiring to "gather economic intelligence" on behalf of Vladimir Putin's country. Both Sporyshev and Podobnyy have reportedly "gone underground" since the Russian spy charges surfaced earlier this week.
"One gets the impression that the U.S. government has decided to use a favored practice of unleashing passions over espionage. Russian-American ties are going through an extremely complicated period due to Washington's hostilities," a statement from the Russian foreign ministry said.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Anna Chapman, 32, was among a group of nine "sleeper spies" United States intelligence officials discovered in 2010. The FBI sent Chapman and the others back to Russia as a part of a spy swap exchange with Vladimir Putin's government.
Do you think that Russian spies are running about in America? Was Mitt Romney right when stating that Russia remains a threat to the United States and World War III could be possible?
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