Media: Russian spy in Vienna was “Putin's gray mouse”

Media: Russian spy in Vienna was “Putin's gray mouse”
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The colonel of the Austrian Ministry of Defense, who received € 300,000 from the Kremlin for secret information, lived modestly and had no friends.

The colonel of the Austrian Ministry of Defense recruited by Moscow, lived inconspicuously, had no friends, worked in the planning and logistics department and did not have access to classified documents, investigators in Vienna said. According to them, the spy was “Putin’s gray mouse,” RBC reports.

The colonel admitted that he had worked for the Kremlin for about 20 years, was recruited in Tehran, provided data on the location of the Austrian Air Force and Air Defense, for which he received € 300,000 in total. The colonel's curator’s name was Yuri. From him, the spy received assignments and forwarded information not only about the troops’ arsenal, but also about military officials’ characters for successful negotiations with them and recruiting new agents.

On November 11, another Russian spy was found in Austria, this time among counterintelligence officers. Kronen Zeitung writes that the investigation took about a year.

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