clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Press attache who left U.S. for Moscow may be a spy

NEW YORK (AP) — A press attache for the Russian Embassy who left for Moscow last week — amid President Bush's deliberations to send Russian intelligence officers back to Russia — may be a spy, the FBI said.

Vladimir Frolov, who cut his second tour of duty in the United States short when he abruptly left the country, told reporters he was returning home to join the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

But FBI officials say Frolov, who built a reputation among American journalists and experts at Washington policy organizations as a reliable and candid observer of U.S.-Russian relations, is an officer in the SVR, Russia's foreign intelligence service, The New York Times reported Monday.