Accused Russian Spy Loses Bid to Have U.S. Charges Dismissed

Evgeny Buryakov, the Russian citizen accused by U.S. authorities of posing as a banker in New York in order to spy for his government lost a bid to have the case against him dismissed on Wednesday. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan rejected Buryakov's request to have the charges thrown out, saying the government's allegations were adequate to support the indictment. Buryakov and two other Russians were charged in February with conspiring to gather economic information on behalf of Russia’s foreign intelligence service known as the SVR. Buryakov worked at the New York branch of state-owned VEB but prosecutors claim he was secretly engaged in covert work for the SVR.