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A former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, who was assassinated, has collaborated with Spanish, Czech and Estonian intelligence. This writes The New York Times.
According to the publication, Skripal met several times with members of the security services in Spain and could provide Spanish intelligence with information on Russian organized crime. Some criminal groups may be associated with the Russian government.
Skripal probably collaborated with the intelligence services of Estonia and the Czech Republic. A trip to Tallinn in 2016 and in Prague in 2012 was sanctioned by the British foreign intelligence service MI-6. At these meetings he talked about the Russian security services and could potentially provide information on Russian secret agents.
According to the publication, a former employee of the GRU was working in Madrid in the mid-1990s under the guise of a military attaché at the Russian Embassy. At the same time, he was recruited by British intelligence.
5 September the United Kingdom announced the names of Russians suspected in the “case Skrypalia”. London believes that they are the employees of the GRU. In the hotel room where they were staying, found traces of a substance “Beginner”, developed in the Soviet Union. Was published a photo of the suspects in Gatwick airport and the frame with the cameras in London. Moscow denies any involvement in the incident in Salisbury.
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