Russians vacate US premises
RUSSIANS left two country holiday retreats outside Washington DC and New York City without fanfare yesterday, ordered out by US President Barack Obama, who claims the premises are linked to spying.
The Russians were given until noon yesterday to vacate the compounds in Centreville, Maryland, and in Upper Brookville on Long Island in New York State.
By early afternoon, trucks, buses and black sedans with diplomatic plates had left.
In Maryland, about a dozen vehicles left the sprawling waterfront estate, watched by officials from the US State Department.
Some passengers smiled and waved as they left the compound, which is located in a wooded farm area with winding narrow roads.
Mr Obama ordered the closures, saying the compounds had been “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes”.
It was part of his response, including the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies, to what US officials have called cyber interference by Moscow in the US presidential election campaign. The Kremlin has denied all the allegations.