Russian Spies Infiltrate Suburban Middle-Class America

They move here, get degrees, have children, garden, and buy SUVs like any other run-of-the-mill suburban resident but in reality, it is really all an elaborate ruse. Look out, your friendly neighbor offering to drive you 6-year-old to soccer practice is actually:


“Dammit Natasha!” said Boris to his beautiful wife, “you blew our cover.”

Friendly neighbors and comely gardeners leading double lives. The neighbors could hardly believe it:

Neighbors in Montclair, N.J., of the couple who called themselves Richard and Cynthia Murphy were flabbergasted when a team of F.B.I. agents turned up Sunday night and led the couple away in handcuffs. One person who lives nearby called them “suburbia personified.” Others worried about the Murphys’ elementary-age daughters, who were driven away by a family friend.

Jessie Gugigi, 15, said she could not believe the charges, especially against Mrs. Murphy, who was an accomplished gardener.

“They couldn’t have been spies,” Ms. Gugigi said. “Look what she did with the hydrangeas.”

But no need to worry, the US authorities have it all in check. The seven-year investigation finally culminated in a number of arrests for “conspiracy.”

The spies even went so far as to buy homes in order to pose as ordinary Americans:

“We are under an impression that C. views our ownership of the house as a deviation from the original purpose of our mission here,” the New Jersey couple wrote in a coded message. “From our perspective purchase of the house was solely a natural progression of our prolonged stay here. It was a convenient way to solving the housing issue, plus ‘to do as the Romans do’ in a society that values home ownership.”

Even going as far as to educate themselves at American universities to “deepen their false identities.”

Guess planting the titanium flag under the arctic wasn’t enough for the Russians. They are still looking for ways to undermine us over here in the states.

Thank you [nytimes].


~ by Em on June 28, 2010.

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