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Russian Spy Scandal Sends Media Into Feeding Frenzy


TV cameras outside the New York courtroom where some of alleged Russian spies had a hearing on July 2.

TV cameras outside the New York courtroom where some of alleged Russian spies had a hearing on July 2.

The case of the alleged Russian spy ring has thrown New York's media, with little else to chew on over the summer, into a frenzy.

At a recent court appearance of four of the 11 accused of being Russian agents in a federal courtroom in downtown Manhattan, no less than 30 TV cameras were stationed along the sidewalk facing the court entrance. TV vans with rolled-up satellite antennas hummed nearby.

The court chamber where the hearing was to take place was filled to the brim with reporters at least an hour before the proceedings started. Court officials had to arrange for an adjacent room with TV screens for the overflow.

The media attention is now bound to intensify even more as three of the defendants from Boston are being transferred to New York, where their cases will be heard.

--Nikola Krastev

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