The U.S. government officially took control Friday of a Long Island compound allegedly used as a Russian spy hideout.
Elliot Conway, the mayor of the Village of Upper Brookville in the Town of Oyster Bay, said the State Department told him Russians have vacated the premises.
“They’ve been quiet neighbors as long as they’ve been here, so we’ve had no issues at all with the Village,” Conway said of the Russians.
President Obama also shut down a 45-acre retreat in Maryland for Russian diplomats.
U.S. officials said both estates were being used for Russian intelligence activities.
About a half-hour before a noon deadline, caravans of diplomatic vehicles, some carrying boxes, left both Russian compounds under the watch of State Department agents.