When our sour grapes president decided to kick 35 Russian diplomats out of the U.S. because he needed a fall guy for his own election failure, two Russian compounds were also shut down. One of the compounds in in New York and the other in Maryland. Who knew we had two estates used by Russian diplomats to play tennis, sail and spy….How odd is this? Well, the Maryland compound has a strange history of a bit of espionage:

“The main reason it was used was to get rid of spy gear, and to possibly have private conversations”

WASHINGTON — It sits on the Corsica River along the Eastern shore, a 45-acre Russian compound known as the Washington Dacha to those who use it.

When it was closed on Thursday as part of the White House’s response to what it called Russian interference during the presidential election, questions began to swirl around what took place at the estate in Queen Anne’s County.

“The main reason it was used was to get rid of spy gear, and to possibly have private conversations,” said Pete Earley, author of the book “Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia’s Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War.”

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The property in Centreville, Maryland, consists of two Georgian-style mansions, six guest cottages, a pool and tennis court. It was mainly a retreat for Russian diplomats stationed in Washington according to Earley and wasn’t used as a site for spying activities.

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The site, however, did play a small role in Russian espionage, Earley said.

As the story goes, according to Earley, Russian generals at the compound wanted a speed boat to use on the water, but the only one docked there was for diplomats. To sell the Kremlin on the idea of buying a boat for military officers, the generals came up with a plan to use the boat to discard old spy gear.

“They would take speed boat out into the middle of the river and they would dump all this smashed spy gear into the water,” Earley said.

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