As new book re­veals Putin has flooded West with se­cret agents... IS YOUR NEIGH­BOUR A RUS­SIAN SPY?

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON DEAN

THE re-elec­tion of Vladimir Putin as Rus­sia’s pres­i­dent means at least one thing for the West...more SPIES!

Putin’s a for­mer KGB man him­self and he still works with the cun­ning and ruth­less­ness of a Soviet-era se­cret po­lice­men.

For us that means our busi­ness, sci­en­tific and de­fence es­tab­lish­ments will come un­der full-scale at­tack from Rus­sian-re­cruited spooks.

Sexy spy Anna Chap­man was just one of the spies who in­fil­trated the West on the or­ders of Putin. Af­ter her cap­ture by the FBI and sub­se­quent re­turn to Rus­sia, she be­came a hero in her home­land.

But ac­cord­ing to spy ex­pert Ed­ward Lu­cas, in his new book De­cep­tion: Spies, Lies and How Rus­sia Dupes the West, Russkie agents are not all as glam­orous as Anna. In fact, your NEXT DOOR NEIGH­BOUR could be danc­ing to Moscow’s tune.

He wrote: “The Rus­sian regime is tyran­ni­cal, crim­i­nal, mur­der­ous, and ev­ery bit as para­noid and preda­tory as its pre­de­ces­sor, the Soviet Union.

“It thinks the West du­plic­i­tous, ar­ro­gant and greedy and it wants our se­crets, whether mil­i­tary, busi­ness or po­lit­i­cal. To get them it uses an un­der­ground army of spies based here, and their most po­tent weapon is their or­di­nar­i­ness.

“They are the kind of peo­ple you might meet at the school Faslane, plane spot­ting at RAF Brize Nor­ton and col­lect­ing blue­prints of Bri­tain’s atomic power sta­tions 4. IT’S NEW YEAR. YOUR NEIGH­BOUR: a) Knocks on your door, “first foot­ing” with a lump of coal and a can of lager b) Is away in the Far East vis­it­ing “some friends he met in Skiathos” c) Ham­mers on your door at mid­night, of­fer­ing gifts of bread and salt, clearly worse for wear

on vodka 5. TO RE­CEIVE TV PRO­GRAMMES, YOUR NEIGH­BOUR USES: a) A Sky box to get all the footy b) A Free­view box “that’s all he needs” as he “prefers read­ing to TV” c) A vast satel­lite dish which puts Jo­drell Bank to shame and whirrs into ac­tion at times of in­creased in­ter­na­tional ten­sion gates, work along­side in an of­fice or see mow­ing the lawn of the house next door, stealth­ily pen­e­trat­ing our so­ci­ety.”

James Woolsey, a for­mer di­rec­tor of the CIA, put the prob­lem thus: “If you should strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with an ar­tic­u­late, English-speak­ing Rus­sian wear­ing a $3,000 suit and a pair of Gucci loafers, and he tells you that he is an ex­ec­u­tive of a Rus­sian trad­ing com­pany, then there are four pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“He may be what he says he is. He may be a Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer work­ing un­der com­mer­cial cover.

“He may be part of a Rus­sian or­gan­ised crime group. But the re­ally in­ter­est­ing pos­si­bil­ity is that he is all three.”

So is your neigh­bour a se­cret Ivan agent? How to tell?

Use our handy quiz to find out: 6. YOUR NEIGH­BOUR’S CEL­LAR: a) Is full of all sorts of junk and trash b) Has been turned into a home gym-cum-work­room c) Reg­u­larly echoes to the an­guished cries of sus­pected coun­ter­rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies be­ing tor­tured into con­fes­sion 7. YOUR NEIGH­BOUR HOL­I­DAYS IN: a) Rhyl b) The Greek Is­lands c) The work­ers’ par­adise that is Cuba 8. YOUR NEIGH­BOUR PICKS UP A MI­NOR TRAF­FIC VI­O­LA­TION. DOES HE: a) Try to get out of it us­ing a “trick from a bloke down the pub” b) Writes a let­ter to The Guardian c) Stands up in court, con­fesses to a string of crimes – mostly imag­ined – up to and in­clud­ing sab­o­tage and trea­son, blam­ing “for­eign wreck­ers” and “re­ac­tionary forces” 9. YOUR NEIGH­BOUR GREETS YOU WITH: a) A cheery “Good morn­ing” b) A chirrup of “Cooo-eee!” c) The words: “The birds fly north to Minsk, though our friend plays well on the harp­si­chord” 10. AT GEN­ERAL ELEC­TION TIME, YOUR NEIGH­BOUR: a) Votes if he can be both­ered b) Cam­paigns vig­or­ously for the Green Party c) Vi­ciously beats any­one who does not vote for the gov­ern­ing party, stuffs bal­lot boxes with fake vot­ing slips and then be­gins cel­e­brat­ing vic­tory for his can­di­date a full four hours be­fore the polls have even closed

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