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When Soviet officials bought a sprawling waterfront estate in Centreville to be used as a country retreat for diplomats posted to Washington, it rattled residents of this bayside Maryland town.The FBI office closed years ago, they said, and over time neighbors in this community of about 4,500 people got used to Russian-accented officials shopping at the liquor store, hunting nearby and dining at a popular Irish pub, O'Shucks.The Russian government maintained the Centreville compound after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 .Neighbors said the Russians were a lively bunch, seen water-skiing in summer and known for throwing a large, annual Labor Day party. Reverend Joseph Lingan, 59, spent time at a weekend retreat for Jesuit priests next to the Russian compound.A senior U.S. law enforcement official said the U.S. government had long known the compound was used by Russia for intelligence operations, but had not previously seen it as an immediate threat.
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