FBI officials said they arrested a member of a Russian spy ring Monday that had been operating in New York City since 2010.
Counterintelligence agents arrested Evgeny Buryakov, also known as “Zhenya,” on charges of spying and attempting to recruit spies on U.S. soil. Two other individuals were also charged, but not arrested as the Justice Department said they are no longer in the U.S.
“The attempt by foreign nations to illegally gather economic and other intelligence information in the United States through covert agents is a direct threat to the national security of the United States, and it exemplifies why counterespionage is a top priority,” said John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security.
Officials said that Mr. Buryakov posed as an employee of a Russian bank in New York while gathering intelligence for Moscow and attempting to recruit more New Yorkers to act as spies.
It’s the most recent incident of Russian spies being caught on U.S. soil. In 2010, the FBI caught and expelled several Russian agents, including Anna Chapman, who has become a minor celebrity in her home country and recently said she’d be willing to marry Edward Snowden.