The agents had intended to get the data lab in the Swiss Spiez, which helps to investigate the chemical attack in Syria and poisoning in Salisbury. The incident occurred in early 2018.
Two Russian spy arrested in the Netherlands and deported to Russia, the incident occurred at the beginning of the current year. This was reported by Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger on Thursday, September 13. The exact date of the arrest of spies is unknown.
Unnamed interlocutors of these publications claim that the Russians were heading to Switzerland to get the data of the laboratory in Spiez, which among other things helps to investigate the chemical attack in Syria and the poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skrobala in British Salisbury.
A joint operation of the three countries
Previously, this laboratory has become the object of hacker attacks. As noted by the Swiss publication Swissinfo.ch, it is more a laboratory of radiological, chemical and bacteriological analysis of Labor Spiez, under the supervision of the Swiss Ministry of defence. It is noted that Russian agents were carrying special equipment for penetration into a computer network.
The detention of spies was the result of a joint operation of special services of the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. The Federal intelligence service of Switzerland confirmed to the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger their participation in the operation. However, it remains unclear why the Russians were released and not prosecuted in the Netherlands, noted the media.
In the Russian Embassy in Switzerland about it, “I know nothing”
The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Switzerland, commenting on the publication in NRC Handelsblad and the Tages Anzeiger, said that the Russian side didn’t know anything about the incident. The interlocutor of Agency “Interfax” has assumed that a joint investigation by Swiss and Dutch journalists is “another round of anti-Russian campaign.”
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