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Russian agent undercover in U.S. sentenced to 2 1/2 years

In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna

In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Skotko, foreground left, addresses the court at the arraignment of Russian citizen Evgeny Buryakov, on charges that he participated in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in New York. Credit: AP / Elizabeth Williams

A Russian agent who was collecting economic data in the United States under the cover of a bank job was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison in federal court on Wednesday in Manhattan.

Evgeny Buryakov, 41, who pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to act as an unregistered Russian agent, has been in prison since January 2015, and will be eligible for release and likely deportation next spring, his lawyer said.

The government alleged that Buryakov and two co-conspirators who had diplomatic immunity were spying for Russian intelligence as well as being agents of the Russian government.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said the 30-month sentence had been agreed on as part of Buryakov’s agreement to plead guilty.

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