Russian spy arrested in Austria

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6758795.stm

Moscow has demanded the release of a Russian space agency official who was arrested in Salzburg, Austria, this week on suspicion of spying.

The Russian was suspected of receiving sensitive information from an Austrian military officer, who was also arrested, Austrian officials said.

Russia said he had diplomatic immunity because he was attending a UN meeting in Vienna at the time of his arrest.

Austria's foreign ministry says it is trying to confirm the immunity claim.
There are some interesting questions. For example

Has Austrian army any valuable secrets? (I suspect that not)
Would the man be released soon? (Likely)
What would be Russian reaction if the official would not be freed? (I think it would be economic sanctions against numerous Austrian firms that have profitable business in Russia).

Gerald Jarosch, from the office of Austria's state prosecutor, said the Russian official would be investigated for espionage in Vienna, a process that could take months.

The official also faces deportation to Germany, which has a warrant for his arrest as well, Mr Jarosch said.
Deportation to Germany? It would be am interesting development. What Russia would use? Maybe gas weapon?
 
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Sergey, you do realize that espionage never ceased after the cold war ended right? Most of it's geared towards industrial secrets these days of course but military technology is still a primary intelligence requirement for all the players. More than likely Austria picked this fellow up as a favor to the Germans...
 
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Khyros said:
Sergey, you do realize that espionage never ceased after the cold war ended right? Most of it's geared towards industrial secrets these days of course but military technology is still a primary intelligence requirement for all the players. More than likely Austria picked this fellow up as a favor to the Germans...
Khyros, reportedly Russian espionage in USA is on cold war level. And after Russia turned into free market society British spies are still active in Moscow (history with magic stones spings in mind).
 

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