Oleg Smolenkov

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Oleg Smolenkov's house in Stafford, Virginia
Oleg Smolenkov

Early mentions in media

Life in Russia

According to media reports, he was officially registered in a 1-room flat (однокомнатная квартира) with his mother on the 9th floor of a multi-flat 14-storey house in northern Moscow, with estimated value of 5.37 mln rubles (about 82.6 k $ ). He left this place after marriage in 2005

Disappearance in Montenegro

Russiagate allegations

Main article: Russiagate
  • Spy Oleg Smolenkov told CIA how President Putin meddled in election - The Times, September 11, 2019
    Oleg Smolenkov, 50, is said to have had access to papers on the Russian president’s desk and to have been instrumental in confirming to American intelligence that Mr Putin personally ordered interference in the 2016 US presidential election.


CIA response published in Western media: “CNN’s narrative that the Central Intelligence Agency makes life-or-death decisions based on anything other than objective analysis and sound collection is simply false,” a CIA spokesperson told the news outlet when contacted. “Misguided speculation that the president’s handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence – which he has access to each and every day – drove an alleged exfiltration operation is inaccurate.”

Russian media speculates that an adviser III class, who "vanished" with his family on a vacation in Montenegro on 14 June 2017 may be that person (Peskov; Kommersant). According to Peskov, "a few years ago he was dismissed by internal order, his position did not belong to the category of senior officials, the so-called designated posts". This employee was laid off "about two or three years ago". "According to his job duties, he would have no direct contacts with the president of the Russian Federation."

Life in USA

FWIW, the home shown in RFE/RL report was sold June 4, 2018 for 925 K $ . Estimated monthly tax is $994 and mortgage (if there is one) $3700. Total monthly costs of owning this home (mortgagee, insurance, tax) is $5000 per month, 60,000 per year.
Russian salary of adviser III class? Some info here. Take it at 2886 rubles for the class, 7258 rubles salary, per month. This is too low. There may be "monetary rewards" of 3 times the salary, and premiums. Let's take it at 10,000 rubles per month, $612 presently. Wife is state employer as well, so double to $1200 monthly total. Takes 64 years of work with 0 spending (for a family with 3 kids) to buy this house for cash. Or 4 years of no-expense work for 1 year of no-expense living in the mortgaged house.
There wellness may be in property in Moscow, that may be potentially significant but that is difficult to sell while "disappearing".


  • Syria Update - Russian Team Back in Moscow, 2/7/2012, Sullivan, Jacob J H, 12/31/2015 F-2014-20439 , Clinton emails, US Department of State archive.
  • Alexey Venediktov , Echo Moskvy, July 14, 2018
    Moreover, if you look at this accusation (Mueller's indictment of 12 Russians) you will see that it is quite obvious that this is not, how to say it, not a technological investigation. Not a remote investigation.
    It is quite obvious, including (that) those “moles” that scouts, spies who exist in Russia, the CIA, inside the General Staff, also worked on this.
    Noted: Venediktov opinions are unreliable on defense/security/technology side of things
  • V CheKa-GPU , telegram channel, September 10, 2019 (in Russian).
    Semi-original comment; unknown whether info or disinfo.


  • The Federation Council called the CNN story about a "Russian spy" an outright fake -RIA, September 9, 2019
    The story of the "Russian spy" published by the American television channel CNN is an outright (откровенный) fake, said member of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Franz Klintsevich.
  • Pompeo: I've seen that reporting, the reporting is materially inaccurate . I don't talk about things like this often , it is only the occasion when there's something I think puts people at risk for the reporting is so egregious as to create enormous risk to the united states that I comment in the way I just did and I won't say anything more about it. I know the cia put out a statement, suffice to say that reporting is factually wrong (about 12:15 on the video)
  • Peskov "does not confirm" that he had access to special services information - TASS, September 11, 2019
  • Trump Administration Blasts Reports it Pulled Top US Spy from Kremlin - VOA News, September 10, 2019