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The complaint also said the Russian agents were placed together in Moscow so they could live and work as teams in this country under the guise of married couples.

The complaint also noted that to receive compensation from the SVR, some of the Russian agents engaged in clandestine meetings with representatives of the Russian government outside of the United States. It said some of the agents routinely traveled to South America, returning to the United States with cash hidden in their luggage.

On one trip, the complaint said, Russian agents were overheard “counting what sounded like a large amount of money” — later determined to be eight suitcases each containing $10,000.