(NationRise.com) – According to a New York Times June 19 report, the United States disrupted the Kremlin’s plot to kill a former Russian spy named Aleksandr Poteyev in 2020. The report indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his assassination as Poteyev started collaborating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Miami.
The liberal newspaper pointed out Poteyev was among the most important Russian intelligence officials. However, it said he helped the FBI identify a network of Kremlin spies living in cities and suburbs across the East Coast in 2010. Apparently, these intelligence agents were working on ordinary jobs using false documents in an attempt to create a more extensive espionage network in the United States.
The Times said it knew about this assassination plot after verifying an account that will be published in Calder Walton’s next book “Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West.” It also detailed that the plot directly involved the Kremlin as it recruited Mexican citizen Hector Cabrera in its attempt to kill Poteyev.
The Department of Justice published a press release in 2020 that the FBI arrested Cabrera for working with the Russian government. The agency said at that time that Kremlin officials provided Cabrera with a complete description of the vehicle of a “US Government source.”
The DOJ also noted that the Kremlin wanted Cabrera to locate the vehicle, obtain its license plate number and determine its “physical location.” The agency added that, after fulfilling those objectives, Cabrera was meant to meet with a Russian spy to deliver the information about the “source’s vehicle.”
The Times points out that the “source” was Poteyev. It also said that the operation failed as Cabrera drew attention from local security when trying to tail Poteyev’s vehicle. The report also detailed that Cabrera told US investigators when arrested that the Russians he was working with were part of Russia’s Federal Security Service.
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