Oleg Ziganov and Aleksander Stadnik are the first two Russian alleged "spies" to be identified among the sixty designated by the US government, Fox News has confirmed.
Zhang Shiganov was the director of the Russian Cultural Center in Washington, DC, an organization that calls itself "the official home of Russian culture in the United States." This is an agency of the Russian government under the supervision of its Foreign Ministry.
In fact, Mr. Shiganov was appointed director in 2014, but has been a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation since 2004. That was after he had earned a degree in International Relations from the Moscow State University. He also had jobs in Spain and Canada before moving to the US
Oleg Zhiganov confirmed his expulsion to Fox News by email as he prepared to land on Saturday just before the US government date leave confirm that I am one of the persons who expelled the US government from the country. I am director of the RCC.
He learned Monday and Stills says "Absolutely no idea (why he was selected). I wish you had the opportunity to visit the Russian Cultural Center and see what we did here. "
His colleagues and friends are still asking why" Oleg was mistakenly included in the last expulsion round. (…) I have no idea why and the reason is completely wrong, "said Lloyd Costley, an American lawyer who helped build the Russian Cultural Center in 1999 and still provides American support to the organization.
The RCC was It was created after a bilateral agreement between the two countries and adopted following the summit meeting of Presidents Gorbachev and Reagan in Geneva in 1985.
The aim is to establish positive relations between the Russian and American people through sponsorship activities in the five areas to develop and maintain education, art, commerce, athletics and science. "
Lloyd Costley tells Fox News that Oleg would organize cultural performances in the center by bringing Russian artists to the US" It's incomprehensible Bet, all I own is that he is not a spy. "
Zhiganov was originally with his wife and 13-year-old daughter moved to the capital, but his wife recently returned to Moscow for work.
Another source tells Fox News that Aleksander Stadnik, the Washington-based US sales representative based in Washington, DC, has also been kicked out. Stadnik happened to be in Moscow at the time of the announcement and was not responding to Fox News' request at the time of publication.
The Russian Federation Representation in the US, as well as other countries, is an official institution of the Russian government, which "promotes trade and economic cooperation between Russia and the US (…) It represents and protects state interests in the Russian Federation bilateral foreign trade and investment cooperation between two countries. "
Stadnik was appointed in 2014 and held several positions with the Russian government, including the Ministry of Economic Development in other European countries such as Macedonia and Italy. He studied economics in 1989, is married and has a son.
The list goes on, but so far these are the names that have been published. There were a total of 60 "undeclared spies" claiming to be diplomats, according to US officials. 44 people, including some employees, worked at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington.
Two more Intelligence officers worked at the Russian Consulate in New York and the remaining 12 in the Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. Everyone has left the US by April 1st.