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US Prosecution Agrees to Halve Sentence of Russian Accused of Spying

Sputnik News

19:51 18.03.2016(updated 19:52 18.03.2016)

US prosecutors have agreed to halve the sentence they are seeking in the case against an employee of Russia's Vnesheconombank, Evgeny Buryakov, who was indicted last February on charges of gathering information in the United States for Russia's intelligence service, the bank said in a statement published on its website on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in March, Buryakov pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign country, facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

'The prosecution has agreed that an appropriate sentence for Evgeny Buryakov is up to 30 months in prison, as well as a fine in the amount of $10-100,000, while the maximum sentence for deeds Evgeny Buryakov has pleaded guilty to is up to five years in prison,' the statement reads.

The US authorities arrested Buryakov in New York in January 2015 for allegedly gathering intelligence and recruiting agents for Russia's covert overseas operations.

Two other Russian nationals, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobny, have also been charged in the case, but remain free as they no longer reside in the United States.

Buryakov will be sentenced on May 25, 2016, according to the US Department of Justice.


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