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Russian-spies-300x225American Universities have always been proud to welcome global students into their community, but with reports of foreign agents from Russia entering these school as professors and students, it is difficult to determine the reliability of this practice. These alleged spies are under suspicion for using the academic system to get close to current and future influential figures in the United States and gain certain benefits in the process, such as information to report back to those who recruited them.

While there are a number of ways to gain access to the plethora of information available in the United States, many have discovered that the least risky access to it is through the lax academic system. Professors and students are often viewed to have the most potential to rise up in the world as future politicians and researchers, and so the Russians seem to view academia as a safe way to make connections and be where they need to in order to please those they are working for by delivering relevant information.

One example of this situation comes from Columbia Business School, where a student by the name of Cynthia Murphy was discovered to be a Russian woman by the name of Lydia Guryeva. Guryeva seamlessly integrated herself into a key fundraiser for the 2008 presidential campaign in support of Hillary Clinton.

Mueller investigationOver 1,000 files of evidence gathered by Robert Mueller, special counsel, have been leaked online by Russian hackers using Twitter and a filesharing site as their platform. According to prosecutors, the leaked evidence was an attempt to discredit Mueller’s investigation into Moscow’s political interferences with the United States.

Promoting The Leak on Twitter

In October, a post appeared on the Twitter account of @HackingRedstone which read, “We’ve got access to the Special Counsel Mueller’s probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case,” and “You can view all the files Mueller had about the IRA and Russian collusion. Enjoy the reading!” The post took users to a file sharing site where over 1,000 files of evidence had been uploaded. These files were identical to the files used by Mueller’s office, which were previously not made available to the public.

A former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, who was granted refuge in England is reported to be in critical condition after exposure to an unknown substance. Skripal, 66, was granted refuge in the UK following a “spy swap” between the US and Russia in 2010, according to the Guardian newspaper. At a press conference, Wiltshire police said two people — a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s — had been found unconscious on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury. The pair were known to one another.They are currently being treated at the Salisbury District Hospital’s intensive care unit, where their condition remains critical.

 Skripal, once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, was convicted in Russia of treason in 2006 but exchanged as part of a Cold War-style spy swap in 2010 on the tarmac of Vienna airport. Comparisons are being made to the murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006, a killing which a British inquiry said was probably approved by President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement in the killing.