Russia formally declares alleged CIA mole missing, search underway, database shows
Russia has officially declared a former Kremlin official alleged to have been a CIA informant missing and is looking for him, the Interior Ministry’s database showed.
US media reports, confirmed to Reuters by two sources, have said a CIA informant in the Russian government was extracted and brought to the US in 2017. The official may have been a man called Oleg Smolenkov, who reportedly disappeared with his wife, Antonina, and three children while on holiday in Montenegro in June 2017.
The ministry’s database showed that Smolenkov had now been declared missing and that the ministry was looking for him, RIA Novosti reported.
US media reports have described the informant as a high-level CIA source. The Kremlin has confirmed that Smolenkov worked in the Russian presidential administration, but said he was fired in 2016/17 and was not senior.