Czech Republic reports about elimination of Russian intelligence network
Prague considers the Russian Federation to be the main threat.
The head of the Information Security Service (BIS) of the Czech Republic, Michal Kudelk, said that the counter-intelligence services managed to destroy an intelligence network of one of the Russian special services in the country and thereby paralyzed its activities. According to the report, BIS previously published, the Czechs consider Russia to be the main external threat.
Over the past five years, according to Kudelka, BIS has uncovered dozens of Russian and Chinese spies. Some were quietly expelled from the country, others were identified even before entering it. Often, the spies were disguised as diplomats.
Relations between Russia and the Czech Republic escalated after an international scandal related to the accusation of the GRU in poisoning of Sergei Skrypal in the UK. After that, the Czech Republic expelled three Russian intelligence officers from the country. In addition, cyber-attacks were committed against the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic. BIS believes that hackers belonged to Turla and APT28 / Sofacy (Fancy Bear) groups associated with the Russian intelligence services.
Six months ago, no one could predict the state of the MIA General Administration for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region by the time of the forthcoming elections. After the appointment of Moscow general Roman Plugin in charge of it, the St. Petersburg police has undergone significant changes. Major general of justice Oleg Antropov, Head of the Main Investigations Directorate, is ‘the last man standing’ from the old command of the MIA General Administration. Most probably, he is going to become the next victim of ‘janitor’ Plugin.