US ‘Diplomats’ Make Mysterious Trip to Provincial Russian City

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US Embassy staff traveled to the Russian city of Kostroma on Thursday to meet officials and political leaders ahead of a local election, although both deny that meetings took place.

us-russia-flagsUS diplomats visited the Russian city of Kostroma on Thursday, where they requested meetings with state officials and representatives of opposition parties, according to the US Embassy in Moscow, although both groups denied having met with the diplomats.

Despite denials by both sides, a vehicle with US Embassy diplomatic license plates was apparently spotted by blogger Kirill Strelnikov not far from a bar where opposition leader Alexei Navalny was meeting with supporters and activists. Strelnikov also filmed the alleged US diplomats in the bar at the same time Navalny and his associates were seated at a nearby booth.

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