"In the night from 13 to 14 May Russian FSB counter-intelligence authorities when trying to recruit an employee of one of the Russian special services detained a career member of the U.S. CIA Fogle Christopher Ryan, working undercover in the position of third secretary of the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow" — told Interfax on Tuesday DSP FSB Russia.
During the search, officers found a detainee counterintelligence special technical means written instructions being recruited for a Russian citizen, a large sum of money and means of changing the appearance.
The detainee was taken to the reception of the FSB Russia. After the special procedures of the Russian secret services gave his representatives of the U.S. Embassy.
According to the Information Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, tomorrow, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul called in the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the detention in Moscow, an employee of the American embassy.
Before that McFaul declined to comment on the detention of a CIA operative. During today's communication with his readers in "Twitter" on Tuesday, responding to a question about whether he can comment on these posts, Michael McFaul wrote: "No".
Detentions agents of foreign intelligence services in Russia in recent years:
January 22, 2006 The Federal Security Service detained a group of Russian spies from the UK, who worked under cover in contact with the embassy and the Russian human rights activists.
Two years later, the employees of the Federal Security Service in the Novosibirsk region have identified "dozens of foreign spies and agents." Some of them tried to illegally obtain information constituting a state secret. Among them was, in particular, information about the secret development of Novosibirsk scientists.
In 1996, the "Novaya Gazeta" published an article about the failure of the Swedish military intelligence operations in Russia Musto. During her FSB caught red-handed in St. Petersburg courier foreign intelligence services, Hans Peter Nordström. The detention occurred at the time of camouflaged under souvenir container. While at it on a photographic film was sealed 23 official document of the Leningrad naval base of the Russian Navy with "classified" and "top secret". After that burst into a major political scandal. Under the pressure of hard evidence the Swedish government was forced for the first time officially acknowledge the conduct human intelligence in Russia.
In October 2007, the FSB director Nikolai Patrushev said that since January, his office has exposed the 47 agents of foreign intelligence services operating in the territory of Russia. According to the same statistics, from 2003 to October 2007, it was revealed more than 270 actively operating staff employees and 70 agents of foreign intelligence services, of which 35 were citizens of Russia.