Deputy Chairman of Vnesheconombank Eugene Buryakov, whom the US accused of involvement in the spy network, was sentenced to a prison term of 2.5 years, according to Reuters. This is exactly the period — 30 months — previously called prosecutors and defense acceptable.
In March of this year VEB employee pleaded guilty to that intentionally did not register as a foreign agent to cover up his real work as operating agent, working undercover branch VEB in Manhattan. His confession made Buryakov in a Federal court in Manhattan a month before the start of the process.
Prior to that, he denied the charges. Protection Buryakov explained that he could not register as a foreign agent because I got the visa as an employee of a financial institution, owned by Russian authorities.
Buryakov was arrested in January 2015. According to us prosecutors, the banker together with two Russian diplomats collected economic information of special importance on potential U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and the achievements of the United States in the development of alternative energy sources in 2012-2015.
The prosecution argued that the Russians lied in obtaining a visa, stating that he would not engage in espionage activities.