Russian Spies Plead Guilty, Head Home


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Lydia and Vladimir Guryev–a.k.a. Cynthia and Richard Murphy, Montclair’s alleged Russian spies–fessed up to being just that today. They then were escorted to an airport, and with 8 other comrades, flown back to Russia. All done in a Manhattan courtroom in front of Judge Kimba Wood (remember her?). In exchange, Russian President  Dmitri Medvedev signed pardons for four men that Moscow had considered spies for Western intelligence. It’s all in The New York Times, but there’s hardly enough for a James Bond plot. No word yet on what happens to the Guryev-Murphy’s Montclair abode.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Now back in Verona, she contributes to a variety of publications and Web sites, and consults on social media. In Verona, she serves on the Verona Environmental Commission and HBW SCA, and has been part of many other civic and religious groups in town. A graduate of Rutgers University’s Environmental Stewards program, she has also run an after-school program on the environment for elementary school children here. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. Here’s to hoping that to their young children, this will be a dim nearly forgotten memory. No doubt the trauma of being separated from their parents (although legitimately of course) was quite stressful. It’s sad when children must pay the price of their supposedly wiser parents misdeeds.


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