Russian spy sued by landlords for filthy habits

by 10 Jul 2015

An alleged Russian spy is in hot water with authorities after he rented a home and left broken furniture, structural damage and extraordinary filth, a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit reads.

Evgeny Buryakov was also accused for dodging rent payments following accusations that the alleged spy was conspiring to gather economic intelligence, including on U.S. sanction against Russia.

“The breach of the house lease involved a failure to pay the monthly rent as well as causing serious and permanent damage to the house, which was far in excess of normal wear and tear,” the suit says.

The landlords, Constance and Feroze Bacchus, allegedly called on his associates come in and clean out the Bronx home but stole furniture that didn’t belong to them, including some sentimental items that belonged to landlords.

The Bacchus’ are also suing Vnesheconombank, the bank Buryakov for which he worked, for breach of contract, as well as Alexander Slepnev and the Russian Federation, which they claim helped empty the house, according to the suit.

A subsequent investigation by federal authorities found that Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy were secretly employed by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

Sporyshev, 40, and Podobnyy, 27, allegedly posed as attaches with the Russian mission to the United Nations. They fled the US last year and in 2013, respectively, according to a Manhattan federal court complaint.

Buryakov is facing up to 15 years in prison. 

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