From the Cold War to today
Russia’s espionage has always stood out. The KGB (Soviet espionage) managed to infiltrate many countries. Even today Russia has a global spy network capable of disclosing secrets from many Western governments.
Vladimir Putin: the spymaster
The Russian president has even confessed, during a televised interview in 2017, to running an “illegal” spy network abroad while he served as an officer of the KGB.
The president clarified he had worked with deep-cover agents who were active without diplomatic protections. These spies are known as “illegals”
1,000 Russian spies in the UK
According to the Daily Mirror, the British government suspects that there are approximately 1,000 Russian spies in the UK.
Waiters, taxi drivers and… senior officials?
The Daily Mirror quotes a source from the British secret services who assures that, among the Russian informants, there are waiters, taxi drivers, members of the administration and even the government.
Russian infiltration in associations
That intelligence source cited by the Mirror also alerts about the possible infiltration of Russian agents in unions and other associations that can manipulate in favor of the interests of the Kremlin.
Not surprisingly, London is called Londongrad because many Russian oligarchs chose the British capital as their place of residence.
More than 73,000 Russians in England
But it’s not only the former USSR ultra-rick who live in the United Kingdom. There are more than 73,000 Russians on British soil, according to estimates by The Office for National Statistics.
Long tradition of Russian espionage on British soil
The old KGB managed to infiltrate a good number of spies in different British establishments. The case of the “Cambridge Five”, Cold War spies with communist ideals who served Moscow for years, is well known.
A double agent
But the most famous is probably that of Kim Philby, a double agent who worked for MI6 (British espionage) although, in reality, he served the Kremlin.
Russian spies in Norway
But there are other countries where Putin has his shadow pawns. In Norway, a Russian citizen was arrested in October 2022. His name was Mikhail Mikushin and he was posing as a Brazilian researcher at the University of Tromsø.
Two spies arrested in Sweden
The arrest of two brothers (Peyman Kia, 42, and Payam Kia, 35) who allegedly spied for Russia, was also reported from Sweden. If the charges are proven, they could be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.
Attempt to infiltrate the International Criminal Court
Furthermore, the BBC reported in the summer of 2022 that a Russian spy was caught trying to infiltrate the International Criminal Court.
Mexico: a base for Russian espionage
More difficult perhaps would be for the Russians to infiltrate agents in the United States. However, in Mexico, a stone’s throw away from US territory, there’s an important Russian espionage base.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter