Fled to the United States, the former Colonel of the foreign intelligence Service (SVR) Alexander Pot died, said informed sources, the Agency “Interfax”.
“According to some Pot died in the United States. Currently, this information is checked”, — said one of interlocutors of the Agency.
Another source of “Interfax” also said that such information was obtained from abroad, but did not rule out that it may be “misinformation aimed to the traitor just forgot”. Foreign intelligence service (SVR) to comment on reports of the death of Poteeva refused.
Alexander Pot was sentenced in absentia in Russia for 25 years in November 2011. The court stripped him of his rank of Colonel and state decorations. He was convicted of treason and desertion after abroad in 2010, was disclosed by a group of Russian scouts-illegal immigrants, including Anna Chapman. Pot went from Russia to the United States in the same year.
“He fled from Russia a few days before the June visit to Washington of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and is now in the United States,” — said one of the sources of “Interfax”. According to him, a few days before the flight Poteeva under various pretexts in the US went first his daughter and then a son.
Pot led the American Department of the “C” (illegal intelligence) of the SVR. The investigation found that in 2010 it passed the us intelligence network for the Russian scouts-illegal immigrants. In the United States was then arrested Richard and Cynthia Murphy (Vladimir and Lydia Guriev), Vicky Pelaez and Juan Lazaro (Mikhail Vasenkov), Anna Chapman, Michael Zottoli and Patricia mills (Michael Kutsik and Natalia Pereverzeva), Mikhail Semenko, Donald Howard Hatfield and Tracey Lee Ann Foley (Andrey Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova). Among the detainees was a major General, SVR, hero of the Soviet Union Mikhail Vasenkov.
In July 2010 the detained spies were exchanged at Vienna airport for the scientist Igor Sutyagin and three former employees of the Russian special services — Alexander Zaporozhye, Gennady Vasilenko and Sergei Skripal.
According to German media reports, Pot also gave the FBI information about Russian spies in Germany Heidrun the House and Andreas the full House, then the information the FBI passed to German intelligence services, and in 2011 the couple the House was arrested. German media pointed out that Berlin was ready to swap spouses on a full House two people who served in Russia the term for espionage in favor of Germany, but the exchange never took place. Heidrun the House was released from prison in 2014, Andreas was Sold out released in 2015, both of them were sent to Russia.