Usa spying trial for russian national evgeny buryakov begins
Evgeny Evgenievich Buryakov (Russian: Евгений Евгеньевич Буряков; born c. 1975) is a convicted Russian spy. He was arrested on January 26, 2015, charged with, and pleading guilty to, spying on the United States for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). Buryakov was a New York-based Deputy Representative of Vnesheconombank, Russia's state-owned national development bank. Buryakov operated with non-official cover, and was thus not entitled to diplomatic immunity. Buryakov conducted his espionage with the assistance of Igor Sporyshev, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation to New York, and Victor Podobnyy, an Attaché to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. In exchange for pleading guilty, Buryakov received a reduced sentence of 30 months in federal prison and fined $100,000. He was released early from prison on 31 March 2017 and deported from the United States six days later.
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Usa evgeny buryakov arrives in court over spy scandal charges
Early life and family
Buryakov is believed to come from Kushchevskaya, and previously worked at a tax office in Moscow. His father, Yevgeny Petrovich Buryakov, is an engineer at the Russian Embassy in Tunis.
His wife, Marina, said they met in Kushchevskaya in 1994 in when she was in high school. They married in May 1999. They have one son and one daughter. After Buryakov's arrest in 2015, his mother, Tatiana, returned from Tunis to Moscow to help look after his children.
Prior to working in New York City, Buryakov allegedly worked in South Africa under non-official cover from approximately 2004 to 2009. In North America, Sporyshev and Podobnyy tasked Buryakov with attempting to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources, as well as gathering information about U.S. sanctions on Russia and U.S. efforts to develop alternative energy resources. Buryakov worked for Directorate ER of the SVR, which is focused on economic intelligence. Buryakov also came up with questions for the Russian News Agency TASS to ask at the New York Stock Exchange regarding high-frequency trading , exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and automatic trading robots.
Beginning in 2013, an undercover agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), posing as an analyst for an energy firm, began providing Sporyshev with binders containing industry analyses and bugged with hidden microphones, allowing the FBI to record Sporyshev, Podobnyy, and other Russian intelligence personnel. The undercover agent met Buryakov at a Manhattan office, as well as at casinos in Atlantic City.
Buryakov's defense, financed by Vnesheconombank, argued that he was protected from the charges by virtue of being an official employee of the Russian government, though this argument was rejected by Judge Richard M. Berman. Buryakov ultimately pleaded guilty to the charges against him, and was sentenced to 30 months in prison and a $100,000 fine. He served his sentence at the minimum-security Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio. He was released early, on 31 March 2017, and deported back to Russia on 5 April 2017.