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Diplomat in Russian spy scandal from St. Louis Co.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. diplomat caught up in a spying investigation in Russia has family in suburban St. Louis and graduated from high school there.

Officials in Moscow claim that 29-year-old Ryan Fogle was caught disguised in a blonde wig trying to recruit a counterintelligence officer for the CIA. Fogle is a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy. He was briefly detained Tuesday, then handed over to U.S. Embassy officials.

Fogle is from Clayton in St. Louis County and is a 2002 graduate of Mary Institute and Country Day School, a private school for kindergarten through 12th-grade in Ladue. His father is an attorney for the Thompson Coburn firm in St. Louis.

Fogle’s family declined interview requests made through a spokeswoman for the law firm.

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