Russians expelled for weapons lab incident
Dutch authorities expelled two suspected Russian spies who tried to hack into a Swiss laboratory that conducts tests for the UNbacked chemical weapons watchdog, Switzerland’s intelligence agency said.
The Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) said it worked “actively” with British and Dutch partners on the case involving the Spiez Laboratory that led to the arrests of two Russians.
The lab provides arms control and other services.
The FIS confirmation came after newspapers reported that two Russians suspected of being agents of military intelligence service GRU were kicked out of the Netherlands earlier this year as a result of a Europewide investigation.
The Swiss attorney general’s office said it had identified “two individuals” as part of a broader investigation opened last year. The lab analysed samples linked to the poisoning in Britain of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.