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Two arrested in Germany for allegedly spying for Russia

Two arrested in Germany for allegedly spying for Russia

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The arrest of two German-Russian men in Bavaria on suspicion of spying for Russia and planning acts of sabotage has raised concerns about security in Germany.

Identified only as Dieter S. and Alexander J., they were apprehended in Bayreuth on Wednesday, with Dieter S. accused of scouting potential targets for attacks, including US military facilities in Germany.

Police conducted searches at their residences and workplaces, revealing evidence of their alleged espionage activities.

Prosecutors described the case as particularly serious, with Dieter S. suspected of collaborating with Russian intelligence services since October 2023. Their aim was to undermine Germany's military support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

The accused reportedly expressed willingness to carry out explosive and arson attacks on military infrastructure and industrial sites in Germany, gathering information and sharing it with Russian contacts.

Dieter S. even faces charges of belonging to a foreign terrorist organization, based on suspicions of his involvement in armed activities in eastern Ukraine from 2014 to 2016.

These arrests come amid heightened tensions between Germany and Russia, following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Germany has faced criticism for perceived leniency towards Russia, and these incidents of alleged espionage underscore the need for robust security measures to protect against external threats.

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