Daily Mirror: Britain intends to spy upon Russian diplomats
The UK residents are afraid of espionage and reckon journalists as spies.
MI5 and police intelligence units think Russian diplomats who were not thrown out of the UK after the Novichok attacks earlier this year are being mobilized on intelligence missions. The Daily Mirror tells about this with reference to the MI-5 counterintelligence memo.
“It will take Russia years to build up its capability in the UK, and repeated attempts to begin that process have been stopped. So suspicion falls upon diplomats who remain at the embassy,” the publication quotes a high-ranking source whose name he does not reveal.
In March, after the attack on Skripals, the UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats. A senior source told the Mirror that this “absolutely smashed the Kremlin’s intelligence-gathering capability.” Russia has taken similar retaliatory measures and declared its non-involvement in the crime.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.