Russian Secret Agents Have Reportedly Been Operating Out of Villages in the French Alps

 In GDI, Russia, Defense, Cyber/ICT
  • US and European intel­li­gence agen­cies dis­cov­ered Russian mil­i­tary intel­li­gence mem­bers work­ing in the French Alps, accord­ing to an NBC News report, citing a report by French news­pa­per Le Monde.
  • Up to 15 mem­bers of the GRU, the Kremlin’s mil­i­tary intel­li­gence agency, had lived in the French Alps, where they estab­lished their base for European covert oper­a­tions.
  • Two of the Russian agents, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Roshirov, were accused of poi­son­ing defect­ed Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daugh­ter, Yulia, in the UK in 2018.
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US and European intel­li­gence agen­cies dis­cov­ered Russian mil­i­tary intel­li­gence mem­bers to be work­ing from the French Alps, accord­ing to an NBC News report pub­lished Thursday. News of the oper­a­tion was first report­ed by French news­pa­per Le Monde.

Up to 15 mem­bers of the GRU, the Kremlin’s mil­i­tary intel­li­gence agency, had lived in the French Alps, where they estab­lished their base for European covert oper­a­tions, accord­ing to the reports. Some of the alleged offi­cers’ names were pre­vi­ous­ly pub­lished by Bellingcat, an inde­pen­dent inves­tiga­tive group.

Two of the Russian agents, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Roshirov, were accused of poi­son­ing defect­ed Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daugh­ter, Yulia, in the UK in 2018. The two Russian agents report­ed­ly used alias­es and a mil­i­tary-grade nerve agent to poison the Skripals. Both of them recov­ered after being hos­pi­tal­ized.

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Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov during an inter­view, September 12, 2018. RT News

The Russian gov­ern­ment denied involve­ment and said it did “not under­stand why that was done and what signal the British side is send­ing.”

“We heard or saw two names, but these names mean noth­ing to me per­son­al­ly,” Russian diplo­mat Yuri Ushakov told reporters at the time, accord­ing to Russia’s Tass news agency.

The French Alps’s rough­ly 620-mile-long chain of moun­tains is the longest in Europe. It includes a number of hiking trails, nat­ur­al parks, and skiing des­ti­na­tions.

The GRU has been accused of orches­trat­ing cyber oper­a­tions against the West. In 2018, it was accused of a global hack­ing cam­paign against anti-doping agen­cies, a nuclear power com­pa­ny, and a chem­i­cal-weapons watch­dog, accord­ing to Reuters.

In addi­tion to cyber oper­a­tions, the GRU also report­ed­ly has a spe­cial oper­a­tions unit com­posed of Russian mil­i­tary ser­vice mem­bers. The agency also recruits sleep­er agents “reserved for the most sen­si­tive or deni­able tasks across the spec­trum of GRU oper­a­tions,” accord­ing to a Western report acquired by Reuters.

Several of the agen­cy’s lead­ers have been sanc­tioned by Western coun­tries, includ­ing the US, UK, and the Netherlands.

Source: Business Insider (Military & Defense)

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