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Switzerland opened a criminal prosecution of Russian spies

Швейцария начала уголовное преследование россиян-шпионовThey are accused of spying on the world anti-doping Agency.

The Federal office of justice and police of Switzerland has allowed Federal prosecutors to prosecute two Russians on suspicion of spying.

About the office said Tuesday, writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

We are talking about two members of the special unit of GRU of the Russian Federation – 41-year-old Alexander Morente and his 37-year-old chief Eugeny Serebryakov. They are accused of spying on the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) in September 2016 in the hotels of Lausanne.

Proceedings against the Russians opened in March 2017, presumably on the basis of data from Swiss intelligence. In late August the Federal Prosecutor’s office submitted to the government a request for permission to sue the suspects.

Received on Tuesday, the resolution allows the Prosecutor to impose measures on the alleged Russian spies. However, the political nature of the offence warrant for arrest is excluded. Prosecutors, however, may issue a national arrest warrant.

In April last year Morenza and Serebriakova was detained by Dutch authorities. Despite the evidence, they were soon deported back to Moscow. Along with two other GRU officers they tried to carry out cyber attacks against the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons and to obtain data in cases of disaster Malaysian Boeing.

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