Russian banker accused of spying pleads guilty to conspiracy

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian banker accused of participating in a Cold War-style spy ring has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Evgeny Buryakov (YEHV'-geh-nee BUHR'-yah-kohv) entered the plea Friday in Manhattan federal court. His trial had been scheduled to begin April 4.

Prosecutors had said Buryakov teamed up with diplomats to gather sensitive economic intelligence on potential U.S. sanctions against Russian banks.

He has been behind bars since pleading not guilty. After coming to the United States in 2010, Buryakov lived with his Russian wife and two children as he worked at a Russian bank's Manhattan branch.