Former ministry employee accused of spying for Russia

The logo of GRU (Гла́вное управле́ние Генера́льного, English Main Intelligence Directorate). Photo: Russian Ministry of Defence/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-3.0

A former employee of the now-disbanded Economy Ministry Marek W. (full name withheld under Polish privacy laws) was accused of taking part in activities against Poland for the Russian military intelligence GRU.

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Russian spy detained in Warsaw A Polish official was arrested for allegedly passing information to Russians.

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According to prosecutors, the Polish national provided sensitive information to the Russian Military Intelligence GRU which he had gained during his work at the economy ministry between 2014 and 2016.

The evidence gathered by the Internal Security Agency (ABW) shows that the man was providing the Kremlin with information about the planned government’s activities concerning the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

As a ministry employee, he was involved in energy infrastructure projects with strategic significance for Poland and managing EU funds for the programme of diversifying gas supplies to Poland.

According to media reports, Marek W. regularly contacted two Russian officers working undercover in Russia’s embassy in Warsaw. He is facing up to 10 years in prison.

Worldwide chaos

Meanwhile, two Russians were accused of attempting the murder of former Russian-British double spy Sergei Skripal with use of the Novichok nerve agent. The authorities of the UK identified the alleged perpetrators as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and released photographs of them.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the nerve agent attacks was one of many Russian operations organized by the GRU and attempt on life of Mr Skripal was conducted to “send a message” to other suspected “traitors” of Russia.

PM May added that the Russian shadow spy network, that causes “worldwide chaos” will be “dismantled”.