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Suspected Russian Spy Arrested At Gatwick Airport After Being Accused Of Gathering Intel For Putin

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Suspected Russian Spy Arrested At Gatwick Airport After Being Accused Of Gathering Intel For Putin

A suspected 'Russian spy' has been arrested at Gatwick Airport.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was detained by police because he was reportedly 'spying on behalf of the Putin regime'.

Metropolitan Police told LADbible: "We can confirm that officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested a man in his 40s at Gatwick airport on June 13 on suspicion of offences under section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1911. 

"He has been taken to a London police station, where he currently remains in police custody. Enquiries continue."

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A source told The Sun: "The suspect is believed to have been in the UK spying on behalf of the Putin regime.

"He was kept under observation and arrested as he arrived at Gatwick to try and fly out of the country."

They also claim that the man in question was taken to Hammersmith police station, West London, although this is unconfirmed.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy
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Well, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence service says the current levels of espionage are as high as they were during the Cold War, with a potential to become even higher.

Thomas Haldenwang, president of the BfV intelligence agency, claims that the war in Ukraine has contributed the increase, while Germany has exposed a number of Russian spies operating in the country in recent years.

Mr Haldenwang said at an event in Berlin last month: "Today, we assess the level of espionage against Germany at least at the level of the Cold War – if not significantly higher."

He predicted that 'in a world of open hostilities and drastic sanctions, the inhibition threshold for espionage, sabotage and illegitimate influence will continue to fall'.

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The BfV has stepped up its monitoring of activities by extremist groups and individuals seeking to question the state’s legitimacy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

Mr Haldenwang said the risk posed by such movements was heightened by foreign powers seeking to promote anti-government propaganda through disinformation.

Germany’s top security official, interior minister Nancy Faeser, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of stoking the idea of 'Russophobia' in the West since launching the war in Ukraine. 

Thomas Haldenwang, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). Credit: Alamy
Thomas Haldenwang, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). Credit: Alamy
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In fact, Russia has banned dozens of British journalists from entering the country, according to the foreign ministry.

The ministry said in a statement: "The British journalists included in the list are involved in the deliberate dissemination of false and one-sided information about Russia and events in Ukraine and Donbas.

"With their biased assessments, they also contribute to fuelling Russophobia in British society."

If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Russia, UK News

Anish Vij
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