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Suspected Russian spy pair arrested
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Suspected Russian spy pair arrested

Published: 22 Oct 2011 10:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Oct 2011 10:17 GMT+02:00

German Federal Police have arrested a man and woman on suspicion of having spied for Russia's foreign intelligence service for over two decades, according to a Saturday news report.

Der Spiegel magazine said the married couple had been working undercover in Germany. Known as Heidrun and Andreas A., both suspects deny the accusations.

Police reportedly walked in on the woman while she was listening to encoded radio transmissions. A task force from the German Federal Police or Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), arrested the pair last Tuesday in Marburg and Balingen, in central Germany.

They also confiscated two Austrian passports that appeared to have been forged.

The documents stated that Andreas A. was born in Argentina, while Heidrun A.'s birthplace was listed as Peru. But inquiries made by German authorities in South America confirmed that the passport data had been falsified.

Der Spiegel said authorities believe the two alleged spies have been working in Germany since the KGB, the Soviet Union's spy agency, was still in operation.

They started investigating the couple after the Federal Bureau of Investigation busted a Russian spy ring in the United States.

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12:59 October 22, 2011 by internationalwatch
On the other hand Germans issue Russians German passport because of blood link centuries ago, how stupid is that? Somebody who doesn't know the culture, has not lived here can directly get a passport if he manages to prove the genes match, how Hitlerized is this phenomena!!!!!
13:20 October 22, 2011 by wpfaeffle
It's phenomenon!!!!
14:53 October 22, 2011 by parisius
Well it's true what "internationalwatch" has written: it seems that every ex URSS-citizen can get the German pass today if only he says that he has been victimized by the "communists". German, and Europe in general, are going throu a deep phase of (Buro-)Cretinismus, meaning that Europeans are losing all their rights in favour of not-European immigrants (which represent the new slaves of our so-called "civilization").
16:29 October 22, 2011 by ovalle3.14
Come on people, this is all about cheap labour. The German-ancestor-story is just to make it sound plausible and humane.
17:43 October 22, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Europe and USA have been infiltrated and propagandized. One of the Spies caught in New York was working as a Journalist, another as a fundraiser to the Democrats. I wonder what Germany's spies were employed as?
09:47 October 23, 2011 by delvek
Never ceases to amaze me how people make a spelling correction post. Really? Must be the life of the party!

Anyway, you are wrong, phenomena is a situational use of phenomenon and in this case the poster is right on. If you have time to make proof reading posts then take the time to learn the Enlgesh language yourself.
23:22 October 24, 2011 by Whipmanager
Comment: I guess I can weigh in here: NO big surprise. Everyone is doing it. Germany supposedly helped teh Israelis get their guy back, knew where Quadaffi was, they have spies everywhere, just as most advanced countries do. You need human intelligence amongst the populaces so you can get the real stuff that Satelite Intel cant give you. Good Job on getting these guys, but there are so many out there that you really didn't get much, soemone was probably doing the samething at the same time and you have no idea. Theya re everywhere, in so many places. Working jobs that make them normal, but that have value to get at intel. They can be a waitress in a coffee shop where BND or Polizei personnel go, they can be at the doctor's office for prominent politicians, giving little bit on the health (hugo chavez's health-for instance) they are not normally seen as anything, but are in the right places to collect un-noticed. Hell, it could even be your mom, dad, grand parents, your uncle, your wife, your girl friend/boy friend, you may never know until teh police walkinto your house and take them.
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