Russia denies drugging US diplomats

Russia denies drugging US diplomats

Russia denies drugging US diplomats

The US government has complained to the Kremlin after two of its diplomats allegedly had their drinks spiked with date rape drugs in what officials believe is a Cold War-style harassment campaign by Russian Federation.

RFE/RL reported October 3 that the incident with the USA officials occurred during a United Nations anticorruption conference in St. Petersburg in November. After the druggings, one of the Americans fell ill and was taken to a local clinic for blood and tissue tests.

The individual was then flown out of the country for further medical treatment, but by then it was too late to gather proper samples, the official said.

The state department has ramped-up its complaints about what it says is a pattern of intimidation toward America's diplomats in Russian Federation. That investigation turned up little because the hotel where the druggings reportedly took place was unable to say who was working the night of the incident.

A conference list shows scores of attendees from around the world, including 21 people from various bureaus within the U.S. State and Justice departments.

Asked to confirm or deny that the US officials were drugged, Trudeau replied, "I will not speak to this particular incident".

The report cites a US government official, saying the two people were slipped a date-rape drug at a bar and one of them had to seek treatment at a clinic. Tires have been slashed, and families followed home.

The Washington post reported this summer that us diplomats in Russian Federation had furniture re-arranged in their homes and said one diplomat reported someone defecated on his living room floor.

A 2013 report by the State Department's Inspector General said "employees face intensified pressure by the Russian security services at a level not seen since the days of the Cold War". And then there are the physical assaults.

Did Russia drug American diplomats? The Russian foreign ministry said the diplomat, whose shoulder was broken in the attack, was actually an undercover Central Intelligence Agency agent, and the guard was only doing his job.

Elizabeth Trudeau of the US State Department said she was aware of the report but could not comment on specific incidents. "We have raised, and will continue to raise, at the highest levels any incidents inconsistent with protections guaranteed by worldwide law". "In particular, the harassment and surveillance of our diplomatic personnel in Moscow by security personnel and traffic police has increased significantly".

"The situation surrounding Russian diplomats in the United States is getting worse all the time", deputy foreign minister Sergei Riabkov said.

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