RUS­SIAN SPY HOME, SE­RIES IN­SPI­RA­TION, FOR SALE IN N.J.

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» A New Jer­sey home that has been va­cant since the FBI ar­rested a fam­ily of un­der­cover Rus­sian spies liv­ing there is head­ing for sale.

Vladimir and Ly­dia Guryev lived in the home in Mont­clair, N.J. un­der the names Richard and Cyn­thia Mur­phy be­fore they were ar­rested in 2010 along with eight other spies ac­cused of lead­ing dou­ble lives, com­plete with false pass­ports, se­cret code words, fake names, in­vis­i­ble ink and en­crypted ra­dio.

The par­ents of two young daugh­ters had pleaded guilty to con­spir­ing to act as an un­reg­is­tered agent of a for­eign coun­try and were de­ported to Rus­sia in ex­change for four peo­ple con­victed of be­tray­ing Moscow to the West be­ing let out of prison there.

Their story par­tially in­spired the FX drama “The Amer­i­cans,” about two un­der­cover Rus­sian spies that live in the U.S. with two young chil­dren.

Ly­dia Guryev worked as an ac­coun­tant in New York and was ac­cused of us­ing her fi­nan­cial con­tacts to pass information to Moscow.

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