Austrian ex-officer suspected of spying for Russia since 90s
BERLIN - Austria’s government said Friday that a retired colonel in the country’s military is suspected of having spied for Russia for decades, a claim swiftly dismissed by Moscow.
The 70-year-old man from Salzburg, who wasn’t named, allegedly provided a Russian intelligence agency with information about Austria’s military and political situation, officials said. “According to our information this activity may have begun in the 1990s and continued until the year 2018,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told reporters. “That means there’s a case of espionage here.”
Kurz said the Russian charge d’affaires in Vienna was summoned to the foreign ministry.