Kremlin Declares It Will Hunt For Senior Defector Inside The U.S.

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Russia has asked the US to clarify the whereabouts of Oleg Smolenkov, a former Kremlin official who disappeared in 2017.

An alleged CIA informant who previously worked for the Kremlin has been officially declared missing by the Russian government, according to Reuters, and the interior ministry is actively seeking his whereabouts.

Reporting on Monday from the RIA new agency indicated that the foreign ministry’s database contains an entry declaring Oleg Smolenkov, who worked in the Russian presidential administration, as missing and indicates the government is looking for him.

Smolenkov could be the CIA informant that U.S. media reported was extracted from Russia and taken to the United States in June 2017, according to Russian daily newspaper Kommersant.

The former Kremlin official disappeared with his wife, Antonina, and three children while on holiday in Montenegro, Reuters said Kommersant noted.

Via Interpol, Russia requested that the U.S. “clarify the whereabouts of Smolenkov after Russian news reports identified a house listed as belonging to a man with his name in Stafford, Virginia, near Washington D.C.”

Russian officials who allowed Smolenkov to flee to Montenegro, “which he did in contravention of a ban on employees of the presidential administration travelling to the Balkan country,” were reportedly fired.

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