Russian banker convicted in USA spy ring deported to Moscow

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Carter Page, who was a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, had been targeted for recruitment by a Russian spy in 2013, BuzzFeed News confirmed on Monday.

According to the 2015 complaint filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, Page met with a Russian agent, Victor Podobnyy, in January 2013 at an energy conference in New York.

Separately, Page told MSNBC's Chris Hayes last month that he "may have met, possibly", with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, during the Republican National Convention last summer.

According to evidence presented in federal court proceedings, Buryakov worked in the United States for nearly four years as an agent of Russia's foreign intelligence agency, known as the SVR. While Sporyshev and Podobnyy were charged in absentia after fleeing the country using the diplomatic immunity granted under their official cover positions, Buryakov, whose cover position was as an employee of a state-owned Russian bank, was arrested and sentenced to 30 months in prison. He worked under non-official cover for the Russian bank, Vnesheconombank.

Buryakov was freed from prison last week a few months short of completing a 30-month sentence and was ordered to be deported to Russian Federation.

"[Male-1] wrote that he is sorry, he went to Moscow and forgot to check his inbox, but he wants to meet when he gets back". He got hooked on Gazprom thinking that if they have a project, he could rise up. "I also promised him a lot". "You promise a favor for a favor", Podobnyy told his supervisor. "You get the documents from him and tell him to go f*ck himself".

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Page's involvement was first disclosed Monday by Buzzfeed, which said Page was identified as "Male 1" in the Justice Department's complaint against Russian spy network based in NY. "While Page's interactions with Podobnyy are a clear example of contact with a Russian spy, Page said in a statement that he believed Podobnyy was" a junior attaché at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations".

Page was never accused during the Buryakov case of having been successfully recruited or of spying.

Still, the fact that the Trump administration has done their best to distance themselves from Page - as they also did with former campaign manager Manafort, saying he "played a very limited role" - is not nothing.

About two months later, on June 13, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed Page, who said he'd met with Podobnyy at a public energy symposium in January 2013, according to the 26-page complaint.

It comes after The Washington Post reported that the United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between an American businessman supporting Mr Trump and a Russian close to Mr Putin. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said last month that the campaign had sent Page cease and desist letters a year ago, demanding he stop associating himself with it.

According to a summary of the allegations against the Russian spies, Page provided Podobnyy with his views on the future of the energy industry, as well as related documents.

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