RUSSIA

2012 - 2014

Materials arranged chronologically.

Goguelin, Romain. "Russian Military Officer Convicted of Spying for the CIA and Sent to Prison." Associated Press, 10 Feb. 2012. [http://abcnews.go.com]

On 10 February 2012, a military court convicted Lt. Col. Vladimir Nesterets of "providing the CIA with secret information on Russia's new intercontinental ballistic missiles and sentenced him to 13 years in prison." The Federal Security Service "said Nesterets committed treason as he worked as a senior engineer at the Plesetsk launch pad in northwestern Russia, a facility the military uses to launch satellites and test its new missile systems."

Moscow Times. "Spy Uncovered in Urals Spilled Missile Secret." 15 May 2012. [http://www.themoscowtimes.com]

Kommersant reported on 14 Nay 2012 that "[a]n employee of a 'closed' enterprise in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg has been ... accused of transferring classified information to foreign intelligence relating to the control systems of the submarine-launched Bulava" missile.

Associated Press. "Retired Russian Colonel Convicted of Spying for US, Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison." 31 May 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on 31 May 2012 that retired Col. Vladimir Lazar, "has been convicted on charges of spying for the U.S. and sentenced to 12 years in prison."

Isachenkov, Vladimir. "Retired Russian Colonel Convicted of Spying for US." Associated Press, 6 Jun. 2012. [http://www.ap.org]

According to District Military Court spokeswoman Irina Zhirnova, the Moscow court on 6 June 2012 "convicted Valery Mikhailov," a retired Federal Security Service (FSB) colonel, of passing state secrets to the U.S. CIA. He was "sentenced to 18 years in prison."

Willis, Amy. "Top Level British Secrets 'Compromised by Canadian Spy.'" Telegraph (London), 25 Jul. 2012. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

"Jeffrey Paul Delisle, a naval intelligence officer, has been charged with selling a vast trove of top secret information between July 2007 and January 2012. Authorities are investigating whether the foreign entities involved may be Russian diplomats, following the recall of four envoys from Ottawa. Moscow has denied any links despite the diplomats having been recalled before their postings had been completed."

Associated Press. "Russian FSB Detains U.S. Diplomat Accused of Spying." 14 May 2013. [http://world.time.com]

Russia's security services, the FSB, said on 14 May 2013 that they have detained "Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow." They claim that Fogle "is a CIA agent" and that "they caught him red-handed trying to recruit a Russian agent." See also, David M. Herszenhorn and Ellen Barry, "From Russia, With Wig: American Spy Suspect Is Ejected," New York Times, 14 May 2013.

Galeotti, Mark. "This Spy Agency Is Putin's Secret Weapon." Foreign Policy, 17 Jul. 2014. [http://theweek.com]

"Since the Ukraine crisis began, the Kremlin has few doubts about the importance of the GRU.... The agency has not only demonstrated how the Kremlin can employ it as an important foreign-policy tool, by ripping a country apart with just a handful of agents and a lot of guns. The GRU has also shown the rest of the world how Russia expects to fight its future wars: with a mix of stealth, deniability, subversion, and surgical violence."

Walther, Ulf. "Russia's Failed Transformation: The Power of the KGB/FSB from Gorbachev to Putin." International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence 27, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 666-686.

Calabresi, Massimo. "Sloppy Russian 'Spymasters' Burn a Deep Cover Operative in New York." Time, 26 Jan. 2015. [http://time.com]

"Monday was a bad day for Evgeny 'Zhenya' Buryakov, the alleged spy arrested in the Bronx for his role as a deep cover case officer in a Russian ring targeting female university students, business consultants and the operations of the bank at which Buryakov worked. But it was an even worse day for his alleged spymasters, two Russian officials operating under diplomatic immunity who come across as sloppy, bureaucratic buffoons in the Justice department complaint detailing the alleged conspiracy....

"Igor Sporyshev, a Russian Trade Representative in New York, and Victor Podobnyy, an attaché to the Russian United Nations mission, managed to expose Buryakov by calling him on an open phone line and by using his true name in a conversation in the New York offices of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Services (SVR) which were apparently being bugged by the FBI's counterintelligence division." See also, Terrence McCoy, "This Alleged Russian Spy Ring Was Interested in Some Very Dangerous Things," Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2015.

AFP. "A Third of Russian Diplomats in Sweden Are Spies, Swedish Intelligence Says." Telegraph (London), 18 Mar. 2015. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

Presenting the agency's annual security report, the chief counter-espionage analyst of Sweden's intelligence agency Saepo, Wilhelm Unge, told reporters that "'[o]f the Russian embassy's diplomatic staff, about one-third of them are not actually diplomats, they are in fact intelligence officers.'" Unge said "Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service SVR, military intelligence GRU and the Federal Security Service FSB were all present in Sweden.... Saepo said the Russian presence in Sweden was aimed at acquiring cutting-edge technology and 'preparations for military operations against Sweden'."

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