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The Friendly Neighborhood Russian Spies

Is a mysterious building in the Bronx the secret lair of Boris and Natasha?
The residency for the Russian Federation's Permanent Mission to the United Nations has towered over single-family homes like this one in the Bronx, New York since 1974, pictured here Feb. 27, 2017. CIA and FBI officials believe the compound is also used to conduct Moscow's foreign intelligence services.
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Richard Zablauskas’s cat was stuck in a tree—a tree that belonged to his neighbors, who he believed were Russian spies.

It was the early ’90s, and the 50-year-old resident of Riverdale—an upscale part of the Bronx in New York City—went to get some help. His cat, Frizbee, was perched on a limb hanging over Russia’s residency for the Permanent Mission to the United Nations—a drab, Soviet-style building surrounded by a large fence, a metal wall and coils of barbed wire.

Zablauskas asked the guards at the residency to let him in—and they refused. But when he returned with a ladder, they relented,

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