Feds seize alleged Long Island hideout for Russian spies

The U.S. government officially took control Friday of a Long Island compound allegedly used as a Russian spy hideout.

Elliot Conway, the mayor of the Village of Upper Brookville in the Town of Oyster Bay, said the State Department told him Russians have vacated the premises.

“They’ve been quiet neighbors as long as they’ve been here, so we’ve had no issues at all with the Village,” Conway said of the Russians.

Authorities detain a Russian diplomat at the end of the driveway of a Russian compound ner Glen Cove, L.I. on Friday.

Authorities detain a Russian diplomat at the end of the driveway of a Russian compound ner Glen Cove, L.I. on Friday.

(David Wexler/For New York Daily News)

“It’s a private facility. I’ve never been invited.”

Obama sanctions are only step to end Russia’s undermining of U.S.

The Soviet Union bought the estate on Long Island’s Gold Coast in 1952.

The move came in response to alleged hacking from the Russian government.

The move came in response to alleged hacking from the Russian government.

(David Wexler/For New York Daily News)

President Obama also shut down a 45-acre retreat in Maryland for Russian diplomats.

U.S. officials said both estates were being used for Russian intelligence activities.

About a half-hour before a noon deadline, caravans of diplomatic vehicles, some carrying boxes, left both Russian compounds under the watch of State Department agents.

Trump tweets Putin praise for sanction reponse, spy expulsion

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters at U.N. headquarters that the Obama administration was destroying holiday fun for the children of Russian diplomats.

A convoy of vehicles with diplomatic plates drives away from the Russian compound near Centerville, Maryland, on Friday.

(SHAWN THEW/EPA)

“I think it’s quite scandalous that they chose to throw out our kids,” he said. “They know full well that those two facilities they mentioned, they are vacation facilities for our kids and this is Christmas, and this is vacation time for our schools.”

Neighbors said residents of the compound rarely drew attention to themselves.

A car with diplomatic license plates drives out of the compound near Glen Cove.

A car with diplomatic license plates drives out of the compound near Glen Cove.

(Alexander F. Yuan/AP)

One Glen Cove woman who declined to give her name said “old-timers” in the area knew Russians lived at the mansion — but not much else.

Obama boots Russian spies, sanctions intel agencies over hacks

She said her family dog was once found wandering on the compound.

She recounted receiving a call from a Russian man who did not speak English; she said the man said, “dog! Dog!”

When her husband went over, the dog was outside by itself. No one greeted her hubby.

“”I used to hear children play there in the summer,” she said. “I heard it was a camp for Russian children.”

With

Tags:
vladimir putin
barack obama
russia
nassau county
long island

Send a Letter to the Editor

Join the Conversation:
facebook
Tweet

Top News

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
error: Content is protected !!