Fogle was detained overnight by Russia’s Federal Security Service (or FSB), the present-day successor to the KGB, and is accused of attempting to recruit a Russian agent to spy for Washington. Photographs quickly circulated of Fogle in custody, along with a disguise and gear — including two wigs, sunglasses, a knife and cell phone, a map of Moscow, a microphone, and an aluminum RFID shield. He was also apparently carrying stacks of €500 bank notes.
He also allegedly had a letter, in Russian (but translated in full here), purportedly offering an initial payment of $100,000 and a yearly salary of $1 million to a Russian agent for “long-term cooperation, with extra bonuses if we receive some helpful information.” It was simply addressed to a “friend.” The letter closed: “Thank you for reading this. We look forward to working with you in the nearest future. Your friends.”