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Old 01-27-2015, 09:12 AM
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Russians charged with plotting to recruit NYC co-eds as spies
By Shawn Cohen, Rich Calder and Bruce Golding
January 26, 2015 | 3:05pm


Anna Chapman and a drawing of Igor Sporyshev in court with his lawyer.
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A Russian espionage ring tried to recruit college co-eds and other New York City women to serve as intelligence sources following the stunning arrest and deportation of sexy spy Anna Chapman, federal authorities revealed Monday as they arrested one of the spies.

But, the middle-aged secret agent complained in one taped conversation, the spy cell couldn’t get “close enough” to the gals it targeted to charm them into service for mother Russia, court papers revealed.

FBI agents secretly recorded Igor Sporyshev, 40, grousing about his lack of success with the ladies during an April 2013 conversation inside the supposedly “secure” New York City office of the

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, also known as the “SVR.”

“I have lots of ideas about such girls but these ideas are not actionable because they don’t allow you to get close enough,” Sporyshev whined in Russian, according to court papers.

“And in order to be close you either need to f–k them or use other levers to influence them to execute my requests. So when you tell me about girls, in my experience, it’s very rare that something workable will come of it,” he added.

Sporyshev — who worked undercover while posing as a Russian trade representative — was among three Russian nationals charged in a scheme to gather information on potential US sanctions against Russia and American efforts to develop “alternative energy resources.”


Anna Chapman
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Court papers say the feds began investigating the spy ring after cracking the Chapman case, which also involved nine other “deep cover” operatives who were booted along with her in 2010.

In addition to hearing Sporyshev talk about targeting Big Apple “girls,” agents listened to fellow SVR agent Victor Podobny, 27, lament that his work wasn’t nearly as glamorous as he thought it would be — and didn’t even involve assuming a new identity.

“The fact that I’m sitting with a cookie right now at the …chief enemy spot. F–k! ,” he allegedly said in Russian.

“Not one 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.”

Sporyshev and Podobnyy, who posed as an attache with the Russian mission to the United Nations, fled the US last year and in 2013, respectively, according to the Manhattan federal court complaint.

But alleged SVR agent Evgeny “Zhenya” Buryakov, 39, was nabbed by a team of FBI agents outside the A&P supermarket in Riverdale around 11;45 a.m. Monday, according to a witness and sources who confirmed to The Post what happened.

Buryakov didn’t put up any fight as the agents handcuffed him and drove him away in convoy of two unmarked cars.

According to the feds, Buryakov operated under “non-official cover” — known as being a “NOC” — as a worker at a Russian bank in New York.

That job made him an “extremely valuable intelligence asset” because he wasn’t subject to the same scrutiny as official representatives of the Russian government, the feds said.

The bank where Buryakov works isn’t identified in court papers, but his online LinkedIn page says he’s a “deputy representative” at the state-owned Vnesheconombank, a former Soviet financial institution that serves as Russia’ s development bank.

Buryakov is accused of gathering information for the SVR at the direction of Sporyshev and passing it along during a series of covert meetings set up through the use of code words so he wouldn’t be seen at the SVR’s New York office.

Sporyshev and Podobnyy would then analyze the messages and report back to SVR headquarters in Moscow, according to the feds.

As part of his alleged intelligence-gathering, Buryakov allegedly met with an FBI confidential source who pretended to represent a wealthy investor who wanted to develop casinos in Russia.

During a series of meetings, including one in Atlantic City, Buryakov allegedly asked for and took US government documents labeled for official use only that the source claimed to have obtained from a federal contact.

Buryakov faces up to 15 years in the slammer on charges of conspiracy and illegally acting as an agent of a foreign government.

He was presented in Manhattan federal court Monday and ordered held without bail.

Neighbors living near Buryakov’s brick home in Riverdale were shocked by the charges against him.

“He’s such a nice, quiet guy,” one neighbor said.

“He’s the last person I would ever expect to be a Russian spy.”

A doorman at the Madison Avenue building where Vnesheconombank has its offices refused to let a reporter inside or pass along a request for comment.
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Lawyers want Russian ‘spy’ sprung from jail after new indictment
By Lia Eustachewich
March 8, 2016 | 1:25am


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The New York lawyers for accused Russian spy Evgeny Buryakov want him sprung from jail, saying the government has backpedaled from “serious” espionage-related charges in a new, superseding indictment.

In papers filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, lawyer Scott Hershman said detailed allegations that Buryakov secretly worked as an agent for the Russian intelligence service, the SVR, have been removed from the February indictment.

The new charging document also removed references that Buryakov — who worked in the US as a banker — and co-defendant Igor Sporyshev spoke in code about “tickets and books.”

Hershman explained the conversations were “precisely what they seemed to be.”

“The superseding indictment has fundamentally altered the nature of the allegations against [Buryakov],” Hershman said in court papers.

Buryakov still faces the same charges — failure to register as an agent of a foreign government and conspiring to act as an agent without registering — as he did when he was arrested in January 2015.

Buryakov is accused of trying to recruit female college students to gather intel.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office declined comment.
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Russian ‘spy’ expected to plead guilty to federal charges
By Lia Eustachewich
March 11, 2016 | 12:54am


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An accused Russian spy who operated as part of a Cold War-style espionage ring is expected to plead guilty to federal charges Friday morning.

In an email Thursday evening, the US Attorney’s Office said there was a “proceeding of interest” in Evgeny Buryakov’s case, which typically indicates a defendant will be pleading guilty.

Buryakov, aka “Zhenya,” was busted in January 2015 for allegedly posing as a banker in the US while secretly trying to obtain economic intel for Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR.

He and two others, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy, are charged with trying to recruit female college students in New York to gather intel as replacements for sexy spy Anna Chapman, who was deported.

Sporyshev was caught complaining on tape about how he was not up to the task of recruiting the next Chapman because when it came to today’s young women, “in order to be close, you either need to f- -k them or use other levers to influence them to execute my requests.”

Prosecutors also say the spy ring worked with the Kremlin-run TASS News Agency to ferret secret information from US stock market officials.

The FBI secretly recorded hours of conversations between the alleged spies from January to May 2013 by hiding recorders in binders stuffed with supposed “sensitive and confidential” materials and handed over to Sporyshev for review, according to court papers filed by prosecutors earlier this week.

The recordings “make clear that Sporyshev and Podobnyy, as well as others, were operating as SVR officers by receiving taskings from Moscow, gathering responsive information, and sending it back to SVR headquarters,” the filing says.

On the tapes, Podobnyy allegedly complained about his work, saying he thought it “would be slightly more down to earth than in the movies about James Bond,” court papers say.

Buryakov’s hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. in front of Manhattan federal court Judge Richard Berman.

His lawyer Scott Hershman didn’t return a message.
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Russian admits to being a spy, gets 30 months in prison
By Khristina Narizhnaya
March 11, 2016 | 10:29pm


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The Russian agent who posed as a New York banker as part of a Cold War-style spy ring pleaded guilty to conspiracy Friday in a deal that will get him 30 months in prison.

Evgeny Buryakov, 41, admitted in Manhattan federal court that he was conspiring to act in the US as an agent of the Russian Federation.

Federal prosecutors charged that since 2012, Buryakov was working in the US as an agent of Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, the SVR.

He posed as an employee of a Russian bank while trying to gather economic intel, prosecutors said.

“More than two decades after the end of the Cold War, Russian spies still seek to operate in our midst under the cover of secrecy,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “But in New York . . . attempts to conduct unlawful espionage will not be overlooked.”

Buryakov is also being fined $10,000 to $100,000 and will remain behind bars until sentencing on May 25.
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Russian spy busted in undercover sting gets light sentence
By Kaja Whitehouse
May 25, 2016 | 2:51pm


Evgeny Buryakov sits in a New York courtroom in January, 2015. Photo: Reuters


A Russian spy whose fellow ring members were caught on tape bemoaning their lack of success with New York women, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Evgeny Buryakov received the slap-on-the-wrist sentence after pleading guilty in March to spying for the Russian Federation in New York while working for Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank.

Buryakov, 42, was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

He will likely be deported back to Russia after his sentence is complete, Judge Richard Berman said.

In an undercover sting operation, FBI agents recorded Buryakov’s colleague, Igor Sporyshev, 40, bemoaning his inability to get “close enough” to college co-eds and other New York City gals he had been hoping to recruit.

“I have lots of ideas about such girls but these ideas are not actionable because they don’t allow you to get close enough,” Sporyshev whined in Russian, according to court documents.

“And in order to be close you either need to f–k them or use other levers to influence them to execute my requests. So when you tell me about girls, in my experience, it’s very rare that something workable will come of it,” he said.

Sporyshev and another spy, Victor Podobnyy, left the country because they had diplomatic immunity – leaving Buryakov to bear the brunt of the blame. He smiled and thanked his lawyer Wednesday following the sentencing, before being returned to NYC lockup.

Buryakoy, who is married with two kids, asked that the judge to recommend him to the Fort Dix correctional facility in NJ.

Buryakov and his colleagues were charged last year with passing on economic information about American companies and industries.

They were caught with the help of an undercover FBI agent who provided the men with binders containing fake economic analysis — as well as recording devices.

On the recordings, the men were caught complaining about how boring spying turned out to be. In one 2013 recording, Podobnyy mumbles something about his life being “not even close” to James Bond.

“Of course, I wouldn’t fly helicopters. But, pretend to be someone else at a minimum,” he lamented.
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