The Russian “illegals” case was the result of a multi-year investigation conducted by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and the Counterespionage Section and Office of Intelligence within the Justice Department’s National Security Division (NSD). The arrests of 10 Russian spies on June 27, 2010 provided a chilling reminder that espionage on U.S. soil did not disappear when the Cold War ended in 1991. The highly publicized case offers a rare glimpse into the sensitive world of counterintelligence and the FBI’s efforts to safeguard the nation from those who would steal the nation’s secrets. The FBI’s case against the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) operatives went on for more than a decade. Although the SVR illegals never obtained classified materials, their intent from the beginning was serious and well-funded with far-ranging efforts.
The entire article is available here: 20200723 NatSecJournal–From Russia With Flair – Anna Chapman, Foreign Agents, and the Illegals Program (Newbold)