Russian spies set targets in Germany? The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution is investigating the case

A diversionary unit of the Russian special services GRU was arrested in Ukraine two weeks ago. Findings in the man’s luggage apparently alarmed the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Germany.

Targeting Saxony and Berlin

Russia’s Central Intelligence Directorate, or GRU for short, is said to have marked various targets in Germany that could be attacked in the event of war. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution is investigating the suspicion, Focus reported, citing German security circles. The targets would be the Federal Network Agency’s facilities in Saxony and Berlin.

According to the report, the investigation was launched in connection with the arrest of a Russian diversionary unit in Ukraine two weeks ago. The men’s luggage contained notes and coordinates leading to German territory.

The GRU’s secret service is notorious

In one of the notes, the Saxon municipality of Markersdorf is marked – one of the locations of the Federal Network Agency is located there. Other coordinates allegedly mark points in the Berlin districts of Tegel and Wilmersdorf. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution has not yet commented on the report.

The GRU special service is known for its secret operations and attacks abroad. The organization is said to be responsible for the poisoning of former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England in March 2018. The GRU is also said to have been involved in an attempted coup in Montenegro that same year.

Secret service expert and former Bundeswehr officer Erich Schmidt-Eenboom told Focus: “The unscrupulous planning of the Russian secret service for possible sabotage activities in Germany is already the pinnacle during this second Cold War that Putin has declared. The government should expel secret agents claiming to be diplomats from the country.”


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