Had a connection with journalists and politicians: a Russian spy was exposed in the Czech Republic
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The Czech Security Service noted that after the expulsion of Russian diplomats, Russian espionage decreased. However, now the spies are choosing a different cover and methods of work.
The Czech security service reported a weakening of Russian espionage in the country after the expulsion of dozens of diplomats from the Russian embassy in Prague. In addition, the department does not see the growing intelligence activities from China. This is reported by the Czech edition CTK.
According to the intelligence service, the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic after the involvement of Russian agents in the explosion of ammunition depots in the village of Vrbetitsa significantly reduced the activity of Russian spies.
“The presence of intelligence from traditional positions, legalized in the embassy, is at a very low level and at the moment does not pose a fundamental risk to the security of the Czech Republic,” said the head of the Czech Security Service, Michal Koudelka.
According to him, spies are forced to choose another cover and are forced to change the form and methods of work.
In his annual report, Michal Koudelka said that a Russian agent worked in the Czech Republic with connections to Czech journalists and politicians. He used them to develop a pro-Russian political program, coordinate public speeches by politicians, or discuss topics that are in Russia's interests.
“The influential group, which includes this agent, had enough funds to maintain or even expand the circle of pro-Russian journalists and activists, in addition to producing alternative media content, would organize public events that could be used for the benefit of Russian propaganda,” he said.
According to Czech counterintelligence, China poses a growing complex intelligence threat. Last year, the Security Service recorded the entire range of its influence operations that were contrary to the interests of the Czech Republic.
In addition, the agency noted the activities of mainly Russian and Chinese state or state-supported cyber espionage entities. They target the Czech Republic, as well as other EU and NATO countries. Last year, cyberattacks were directed at ministries, the army or other authorities, as well as non-governmental non-profit or research organizations.
According to Czech intelligence, Iran, through its intelligence activities, represents a long-term threat to European states, including the Czech Republic. However, the nature of the activity on the territory of the Czech Republic is not yet significant.
On September 15, an employee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who worked for Russia was exposed in the Czech Republic. The Czech diplomat has worked in the ministry since the 1990s and has been passing secret information to the Russians.