MEDIUM: FBI Busts Russian Spies; Moscow’s agents wanted economic data

Once again, the FBI has busted a Russian spy hiding in the United States. But this time, the story is a bit out of the ordinary.

Instead of chasing after nuclear secrets or political secrets, the spy in question was allegedly trying to steal … economic data.

On Jan. 26, the FBI arrested Evgeny Buryakov, an official at Vnesheconombank, and charged him with passing information to Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service.

Buryakov allegedly conspired with a pair of spies—Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy—hiding within the Russian trade mission to the U.S.

Burakov’s mission was to gather economic intelligence, including information on American sanctions against Russia in the wake of Moscow’s invasion and annexation of parts of Ukraine beginning in early 2014…

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