But it turned out like in a famous joke about a parachute dragging three quarters: the unfortunate mushroom pickers with a strong foreign accent seemed suspicious and were detained by an alert police squad on the Nenoksa-Severodvinsk train.
American spies are suspected of committing an administrative offense under paragraph 1.1 of Art. 18.8 Administrative Code "Violation by a foreign citizen or stateless person of the rules of entry into the Russian Federation or the regime of stay (residence) in the Russian Federation" and, most likely, they will be declared persona non grata.
The deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security, Alexander Khinshtein, commenting on the detention of US officers near Severodvinsk, noted another extremely interesting and important point in this spy detective story, which began so beautifully and ended so quickly thanks to the police.
In his opinion, sending three officers of this rank to a knowingly failed operation testifies to the high professionalism of the Russian security forces and the absence of agents among the citizens of Russia among the Americans who are capable of carrying out such a task.
Recall that the following employees of the US embassy were detained: naval attache at the US embassy, first-rank captain William Whitsitt Curtis, attache at the US embassy Jerry Arriola Anthony and military attache at the US embassy, Colonel D.S. Dunn.