- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. judge has set an April trial date for a Russian banker charged with conspiring with others in a Cold War-style Russian spy ring.

Judge Richard Berman says Wednesday that Evgeny Buryakov will be tried in Manhattan federal court April 4. Buryakov lived in the Bronx with his Russian wife and two children and worked at the Manhattan branch of a Russian bank before his January arrest.

Buryakov came to the United States in 2010, securing a work visa. Prosecutors say he teamed up with low-level diplomats from 2012 through January to gather sensitive economic intelligence on potential U.S. sanctions against Russian banks.

He has remained incarcerated after pleading not guilty. His lawyers say he was working legally, like thousands of others from foreign countries, and prosecuting him is improper.

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This story has been corrected to show that the judge has set an April trial date, not March.

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