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Spying accusations and convictions against Russians and alleged local helpers are on the rise in the Baltics.10 July 2017
Russian citizen Nikolai Filipchenko has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Lithuania after a court in Vilnius found him guilty of spying for Russia, Newsweek reports.
Filipchenko is among several Russians accused or convicted of spying for Russia in the Baltic states this year.
In February, former Lithuanian military officer Sergejus Pusinas and his alleged Russian intelligence contact Sergei Moiseyenko were sentenced to five and 10.5 years in prison, respectively, for collecting intelligence about Lithuania’s armed forces as well as NATO operations.
In 2016 Poland sentenced a lieutenant colonel to six years for handing information about Polish servicemen open to recruitment by Russia to Russian intelligence, The Moscow Times reported.
Russia itself faces increased activity by foreign intelligence services, President Vladimir Putin said on 28 June.
“They use new methods of collecting and spreading information, carry out cyber-attacks, try to recruit agents to gain access to the information concerning Russia’s defense capabilities, economic potential and resources,” Putin said during a visit to Russian Foreign Intelligence Service headquarters, TASS reported.
The Russian leader accused foreign intelligence services of supporting extremist and terrorist groups working to destabilize regions adjoining Russia.
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