Detained Colonel of the Austrian army, which since 1990-ies worked in the Russian military intelligence GRU, confessed to espionage activities against Austria in favor of Russia.
About it reports “true European”, referring to Die Presse.
For 70-year-old spy from Salzburg followed after the Austrian side received a few weeks ago, information from foreign intelligence agencies. After the detainee has provided evidence of his espionage activities, he confessed: “He fully admitted his guilt and agrees to everything.”
“The seized documents show that the Colonel had tried back in 2006 to leave espionage activities but the Russian service is not allowed”, – stated in the material Kronen Zeitung.
According to the publication, the person making inconspicuous activity on one of the senior positions in the Austrian army, every two weeks in contact with his Russian contact “Yuri”. Job received through the radio to transmit his reports he used the letters with secret writing, and also passed information to the Russians directly via satellite communication.
This information concerned the air forces of Austria, artillery systems and briefings. Shortly before his failure, the spy reported on the migration situation in Austria and also made a detailed assessment of the personalities of a number of high-ranking officers of the Austrian army. For his activities he received from the Russians to 300 thousand euros.
It is noted that Moscow learned about the possible exposure of their agent, and then gave him instructions to destroy all materials which can to discredit him. However, the spy was already under surveillance and he has failed to do so. Were confiscated, in addition to provided by the Russians means of communication, laptops, a study which continues.
Recall that in Austria, the detained former Colonel of the Armed forces on suspicion of working for Russian intelligence for 20 years.