US criminally charges Russian diplomats and spouses in NYC; Russia blames 'Russophobic forces'

  • by: LARRY NEUMEISTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 5, 2013 - 6:45 PM

NEW YORK — U.S. claims that dozens of Russian diplomats and their spouses cheated to get health care aid meant for the poor drew a sharp rebuke Thursday from a top Russian official who blamed the criminal case on "Russophobic forces" interested in scuttling progress toward Russia-U.S. cooperation in confronting world conflicts.

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