#coldwar Russian spyrings discovered around Europe

spyring 1  Lithuania

"The airbase outside Šiauliai is a major NATO stronghold and command over it is shared between Latvia, Estonia as well as Lithuania, making it a key hub of intelligence sharing. According to the current agreement, in place since 2004, control of the facilities is changed from one country to the next once every four months. Several members of an alleged Russian spy ring within the Lithuanian armed forces were detained by the national general prosecution on Wednesday in the Lithuanian city of Šiauliai, near NATO’s major Baltic air base amidst allegations they had been engaged in espionage for “a foreign intelligence service”, with authorities not ruling out Russian involvement.

spyring 2  Estonia

"Estonian police are charging a former agent of the state’s security services (CAPO) for treason, after the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) unveiled that he had been working as a double agent for Moscow since 1996 on the Russian state broadcaster NTV on Sunday. Uno Puusepp who retired from the Estonian CAPO and moved to Moscow three years ago, appeared in an NTV documentary entitled ‘Our Man In Tallinn’, retelling the story of how he came to join Russia’s FSB and how he worked to undermine international operations in Estonia including the CIA, MI5, MI6 and the German BND. http://www.newsweek.com/estonian-intelligence-charges-dou...

spyring 3  Hungary

"The Hungarian government is requesting the right to lift immunity from a member of the European Parliament so that it can investigate accusations he has been acting as a spy for Russia.Béla Kovács, who is a member of Hungarian far-right party Jobbik and a vocal advocate of pro-Russian politics, is suspected of having ties with the Russian intelligence dating back to the late 1970s. http://www.newsweek.com/far-right-mep-accused-acting-russ...

spyring 4 Russian diplomats becoming spies again

a spokesman for Sweden’s Säpo intelligence agency says that Russia has increased its intelligence agencies’ activities in Sweden since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis. A senior European intelligence official estimates that intelligence agency employees now account for one third of Russia’s diplomats.



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