Russian spies back to old cold-war tricks

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/mai...spy15.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/05/15/ixhome.html

Russian spies are trying to steal our secrets again, MI5 warns the Government
By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
(Filed: 15/05/2005)

MI5 has warned government departments that Russia has resumed Cold War spying tactics in Britain, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The Security Service, which is responsible for counter-espionage within Britain, circulated the confidential document last month in response to an increase in the activities of Russian intelligence agents.


Ian Parr was jailed for attempting to pass military secrets
The document warns that Russian spies are travelling widely throughout Britain and pose a "substantial" espionage threat. The document also warns that any suspected spies should not be stopped, questioned or followed but that their activities should be reported to Special Branch officers and passed on to MI5.

The suspected spies - who include about 30 accredited Russian diplomats - are said to be attempting to obtain secret information about Britain's military capabilities and its defence industry. It is believed that they are also interested in the activities of Chechen asylum seekers and their associates.

The document, which is entitled Security Service Espionage Alert, states in its introduction: "Security Service espionage alerts draw attention to the potential threat posed by particular foreign intelligence officers, at the same time as soliciting help in the building up of understanding of their activities. The handling instructions provided with the distribution list reflect the fact that these reports are aimed at those most likely to come into contact with the intelligence officers concerned.

"The purpose of this Security Service espionage alert is to remind readers of the chance sighting scheme and to encourage reporting of any chance sighting of Russian diplomatic cars.

"We are aware that Russian intelligence officers travel widely throughout the UK and that some of the activity undertaken by these officers is intelligence related. The Russian Federation Intelligence Services are assessed to pose a SUBSTANTIAL espionage threat to the UK."

The memo explains that Russian diplomatic vehicles can be identified by their vehicle registration number, which includes 248D, plus a further three digits. It adds that if a vehicle is sighted the following should be noted: ''Full vehicle registration, date, time and place sighted, direction of travel, description and number of occupants, and a description of the vehicle."

It adds: "Russian diplomatic vehicles should not be stopped or followed, nor should their occupants be questioned for the purposes of additional information. Reports should be passed to Special Branch or the appropriate military security units for onward reporting to the Security Service."

The Russian spying network in Britain is run by the SVR, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, which partly replaced the former KGB, and the GRU, the military intelligence organisation. The SVR is believed to have about 18 offices in Britain while the GRU is said to have 14 - all in the guise of official Russian organisations, with diplomatic status. The SVR is divided into three specialist fields: gaining intelligence on political issues, matters of security, and technology, such as military and commercial secrets. The GRU concentrates on running agents and focuses more on Britain's nuclear and military capabilities.

Russia has a vast military export industry and supplies weapons to China, India, parts of South America and many Arab countries in the Middle East.

According to Whitehall officials, Russia can hope to have a competitive defence industry only if it can stay ahead of the opposition and it is trying to achieve that position by exploiting the espionage skills developed during the Cold War.

In March 2003 Ian Parr, who worked for BAE Systems, was jailed for 10 years for attempting to pass military secrets to the Russians. Parr, 46, was a former soldier who hoped to make up to £130,000 for supplying secret material to the Russians on a new RAF weapon called Storm Shadow, a stealth cruise missile that was used for the first time in the Iraq war. Parr had earlier contacted the Russians and told them that he had information for sale but he was trapped in an undercover operation during which MI5 agents posed as Russian spies.

In 1971, at the height of the Cold War, 105 suspected KGB agents were expelled from Britain.

A Whitehall official said: "The simple truth is that the Russians never really stopped spying. In the diplomatic world everybody likes to know what everybody else is doing. They spy on us and we spy on them.

''Nobody makes any formal complaints, unless it is really serious, because the Russians could make it quite difficult for us in other parts of the world where we are quite active."
 
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Dear Stoatman!

As case with mr.Galloway shows, Telegraph is not always says truth. But this particular article is not something new. There is a lot of American and British spies in Moscow (in Russia and in other places). In this situation it would be alogical not to have Russian spies in London. But don't think that activity of Russian spies directed against the UK.

British government harboured many Chechen terrorists. For example mr.Zakayev.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3655438.stm

UK-based Chechen envoy Akhmed Zakayev has warned there could be more bloodshed unless peace talks are held.

Mr Zakayev, who was granted asylum by the UK in November, is accused of terrorism by Russia.

He said the Beslan tragedy, which has left at least 338 dead according to officials, will not be the last of the violence in the region.
Imagine now, that Russia would harbour envoy of Ben Laden who would promiss that 911 atrocity is not the last one. No doubt that our American friends would send dozens of spies to monitor activity of this 'envoy'.
 
#4
Was the BAe guy selling Storm Shadow a Chechen then Sergei? Have Russia ever done anything wrong in the entire history of the world?

There's probably a fair few Russian spies in Britain, there's probably Brit and Yank spies in Russia, why even bother to pretend otherwise?
 
#5
We need some bolt-cutters so we can liberate that old BRIXMIS vauxhall cavalier from the Imperial War Museum! Come back, all is forgiven.

V!
 
#6
So the Russians are back to their old tricks eh? Can you possibly send a honey-trap blonde up to my hotel room tovarich and I promise to give over all of the secrets of the Larkspur A41 radio...
 
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jimmys_best_mate said:
Was the BAe guy selling Storm Shadow a Chechen then Sergei? Have Russia ever done anything wrong in the entire history of the world?

There's probably a fair few Russian spies in Britain, there's probably Brit and Yank spies in Russia, why even bother to pretend otherwise?
Dear Jimmys_best_mate!

Absolutely agree, there is no need to pretend.

Who is this mr.BAe? Russia have done many bad things.
 
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Cuddles said:
So the Russians are back to their old tricks eh? Can you possibly send a honey-trap blonde up to my hotel room tovarich and I promise to give over all of the secrets of the Larkspur A41 radio...
Dear Cuddles!

Alas, all blondies are too busy just now, so you have to wait. I hope that next Saturday... yes, after rain it would be possible (maybe). So don't leave your room. And all time listen to A41 radio very carefully. You (before pleasant part of the action) will be asked about the secrets.
 
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Cuddles said:
So the Russians are back to their old tricks eh? Can you possibly send a honey-trap blonde up to my hotel room tovarich and I promise to give over all of the secrets of the Larkspur A41 radio...
This begs an interesting question: is there a sliding scale of 'Honeytrap' bait depending on what information they're after? I mean, they're unlikely to throw a supermodel lookalike at you for the instruction manual for an A41, but what about Bowman? Hmmm, worth investigating.
 
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chickenpunk said:
This begs an interesting question: is there a sliding scale of 'Honeytrap' bait depending on what information they're after? I mean, they're unlikely to throw a supermodel lookalike at you for the instruction manual for an A41, but what about Bowman? Hmmm, worth investigating.
Blimey, we could do with knowing about BOWMAN, let alone the Russians! Perhaps we should send some honeytraps to GD(UK)!!!!
 
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eye_spy said:
chickenpunk said:
This begs an interesting question: is there a sliding scale of 'Honeytrap' bait depending on what information they're after? I mean, they're unlikely to throw a supermodel lookalike at you for the instruction manual for an A41, but what about Bowman? Hmmm, worth investigating.
Blimey, we could do with knowing about BOWMAN, let alone the Russians! Perhaps we should send some honeytraps to GD(UK)!!!!
Wouldn't help much I fear.
 
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CrapSpy said:
eye_spy said:
chickenpunk said:
This begs an interesting question: is there a sliding scale of 'Honeytrap' bait depending on what information they're after? I mean, they're unlikely to throw a supermodel lookalike at you for the instruction manual for an A41, but what about Bowman? Hmmm, worth investigating.
Blimey, we could do with knowing about BOWMAN, let alone the Russians! Perhaps we should send some honeytraps to GD(UK)!!!!
Wouldn't help much I fear.
You're probably right CS.
 
#13
Your right though Sergi can you please advise, Does the higher amount of information such as top secret get a higher class of woman, or works on a scale downwards, so for a thing such as guard change time, get a minga?
 
#14
Speaking from experience (ahem), the minimum level of Russian Honeypot is leagues ahead of "UK nightclub best", and well worth being corrupted for....

....I keep hoping someone will tell me a secret, so i can go back to Moscow....
 
#15
I keep getting propositioned in Brighton. Yet I have no secrets. What can they be after...
 
#16
Sabre said:
Your right though Sergi can you please advise, Does the higher amount of information such as top secret get a higher class of woman, or works on a scale downwards, so for a thing such as guard change time, get a minga?
Bugger - Explains why I could never pull a decent bird - didn't know squat! :cry:
 
#17
I have stumbled across Col Saunders's secret. Surely that gets me trap 2 rights as well?
 

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