Aus­trian ex-of­fi­cer sus­pected of spy­ing for Rus­sia since 90s

Journal Pioneer - - WORLD -

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.

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