Whether you're a fan of the HBO series "The Americans" or not, it's relevant to know what true story it's actually based on. This story is not ancient history - this happened in 2010.
This is the mug shot of "Anna Chapman"
Anna Chapman was a Russian intelligence agent who was arrested in the United States on June 27, 2010 as part of the Illegals Program spy ring. She and the other Russians were deported to Russia on 8 July 2010, as part of the 2010 Russia–U.S. prisoner swap.
Since her return to Russia, Chapman has become a media personality and model and has worked in a variety of fields, including for the government as head of a youth council, a catwalk model in Russian fashion shows, and running a television series.
The Illegals Program (so named by the United States Department of Justice) was a network of Russian sleeper agents under non-official cover. An investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) culminated in the arrest of ten agents on June 27, 2010, and a prisoner exchange between Russia and the United States on July 9, 2010.
The ten sleeper agents were charged with "carrying out long-term, 'deep-cover' assignments in the United States on behalf of the Russian Federation."
These were 10 who were caught. It's unknown how many more were involved or may still be involved. However, simply in terms of ROI (Return On Investment), it was a highly ineffective program. The spies were bumbling (like the movie), were bored, and weren't returning much intelligence. Keep in mind, though, that Russia did not just give up on espionage. They simply found better, more effective methods.