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"Russian pit" in the heart of Europe, Sweden is shaken by a spying scandal like in the movies, a building full of secret intelligence officers of the Kremlin is discovered

"Russian pit" in the heart of Europe, Sweden is shaken by a spying

Although Russia has no troops on the ground in Sweden, it has waged a war against the West and its influence in the country through other means, from propaganda and disinformation to aid to nationalist groups, the far right, and assassinations of targeted. However, Russia has gone too far in its disruptive tactics, with the GRU doing a lot of damage while Western states encourage countries' efforts to resist Russian infiltration, which has at least led to greater surveillance. of their activity. Less than a week after Swedish officials arrested a Russian couple on espionage charges, research firm Bellingcat revealed that the arrested husband and wife own an apartment in the same Moscow building that houses several other high-ranking GRU operatives. Russia's military intelligence service. Other known residents of the building include suspected participants in the Novichok poisoning and the supervisor of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disinformation campaign, Meduza writes. As previously reported, two Russian expatriates and suspected spies were arrested in Stockholm on November 22. Researchers at Expressen publications and the Dossier Center (a project funded by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which tracks suspected Kremlin-linked criminal activity) identified the suspects as 59-year-old Sergey Skvortsov and 58-year-old Elena Kulkova. They have lived in Sweden since 1997 and have Swedish citizenship in addition to Russian citizenship. According to the charges filed in the Stockholm District Court, the suspects have been actively spying since 2013. Other known residents of the building include suspected participants in the Novichok poisoning and the supervisor of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disinformation campaign, Meduza writes. As previously reported, two Russian expatriates and suspected spies were arrested in Stockholm on November 22. Researchers at Expressen publications and the Dossier Center (a project funded by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which tracks suspected Kremlin-linked criminal activity) identified the suspects as 59-year-old Sergey Skvortsov and 58-year-old Elena Kulkova. They have lived in Sweden since 1997 and have Swedish citizenship in addition to Russian citizenship. According to the charges filed in the Stockholm District Court, the suspects have been actively spying since 2013. Other known residents of the building include suspected participants in the Novichok poisoning and the supervisor of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disinformation campaign, Meduza writes. As previously reported, two Russian expatriates and suspected spies were arrested in Stockholm on November 22. Researchers at Expressen publications and the Dossier Center (a project funded by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which tracks suspected Kremlin-linked criminal activity) identified the suspects as 59-year-old Sergey Skvortsov and 58-year-old Elena Kulkova. They have lived in Sweden since 1997 and have Swedish citizenship in addition to Russian citizenship. According to the charges filed in the Stockholm District Court, the suspects have been actively spying since 2013.

A building full of secret intelligence officers

Investigative journalist Christo Grozev discovered that the couple and their daughter were registered as owners of an apartment in Moscow at 36 Zorge Street. However, it is unclear whether the couple ever lived there. Bellingcat also reports that GRU Major General Denis Sergeev (secret name: Sergej Fedotov), ??a suspected participant in the poisoning of the Skripals, lives in the apartment next door to the spy couple. Sergeev was also allegedly involved in the Novichok poisoning of Bulgarian businessman Emilian Gebrev in 2015. Major General Andrej Averjanov, head of GRU unit 29155 (known for carrying out foreign assassinations), lives in the same building. Among other things, Averjanov was also the commander of the operation that caused explosions in the ammunition warehouses in Vrbetica in the Czech Republic in 2014. Suspected GRU operatives known as Aleksandar Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov participated in that operation. In addition to them, the building houses Major General Andrey Ilychenko, who, according to Bellingcat, is responsible for the GRU's numerous disinformation campaigns. according to Bellingcat's sources from the Russian publication The Insider, Ilychenko oversaw the collaboration between former RT journalist Jane Jerlasova and Dutch national Max van der Werff, who (under the guise of an investigative unit called Bonanza Media) spread fake news for Flight 17 Malaysia Airlines. After The Insider published that report, police searched editor-in-chief Roman Dobrohotov's apartment as part of a case accusing van der Werff of defamation. Dobrokhotov left Russia soon after. known as Aleksandar Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. In addition to them, the building houses Major General Andrey Ilychenko, who, according to Bellingcat, is responsible for the GRU's numerous disinformation campaigns. according to Bellingcat's sources from the Russian publication The Insider, Ilychenko oversaw the collaboration between former RT journalist Jane Jerlasova and Dutch national Max van der Werff, who (under the guise of an investigative unit called Bonanza Media) spread fake news for Flight 17 Malaysia Airlines. After The Insider published that report, police searched editor-in-chief Roman Dobrohotov's apartment as part of a case accusing van der Werff of defamation. Dobrokhotov left Russia soon after. known as Aleksandar Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. In addition to them, the building houses Major General Andrey Ilychenko, who, according to Bellingcat, is responsible for the GRU's numerous disinformation campaigns. according to Bellingcat's sources from the Russian publication The Insider, Ilychenko oversaw the collaboration between former RT journalist Jane Jerlasova and Dutch national Max van der Werff, who (under the guise of an investigative unit called Bonanza Media) spread fake news for Flight 17 Malaysia Airlines. After The Insider published that report, police searched editor-in-chief Roman Dobrohotov's apartment as part of a case accusing van der Werff of defamation. Dobrokhotov left Russia soon after. is responsible for the GRU's numerous disinformation campaigns. according to Bellingcat's sources from the Russian publication The Insider, Ilychenko oversaw the collaboration between former RT journalist Jane Jerlasova and Dutch national Max van der Werff, who (under the guise of an investigative unit called Bonanza Media) spread fake news for Flight 17 Malaysia Airlines. After The Insider published that report, police searched editor-in-chief Roman Dobrohotov's apartment as part of a case accusing van der Werff of defamation. Dobrokhotov left Russia soon after. is responsible for the GRU's numerous disinformation campaigns. according to Bellingcat's sources from the Russian publication The Insider, Ilychenko oversaw the collaboration between former RT journalist Jane Jerlasova and Dutch national Max van der Werff, who (under the guise of an investigative unit called Bonanza Media) spread fake news for Flight 17 Malaysia Airlines. After The Insider published that report, police searched editor-in-chief Roman Dobrohotov's apartment as part of a case accusing van der Werff of defamation. Dobrokhotov left Russia soon after. who (under the guise of an investigative unit called Bonanza Media) spread fake news about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. After The Insider published that report, police searched editor-in-chief Roman Dobrohotov's apartment as part of a case accusing van der Werff of defamation. Dobrokhotov left Russia soon after. who (under the guise of an investigative unit called Bonanza Media) spread fake news about Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. After The Insider published that report, police searched editor-in-chief Roman Dobrohotov's apartment as part of a case accusing van der Werff of defamation. Dobrokhotov left Russia soon after.

Sweden is rocked by an espionage scandal like in the movies

According to Swedish authorities, Sergej Skvortsov and Elena Kulkova owned various companies in the country, including IT services and a supplier of marine equipment and aircraft. Bellingcat claims that one of the companies was de facto controlled by a retired GRU colonel through another company based in Cyprus. The couple was also in contact with Swedish intelligence. It emerged that the couple's daughter shared an apartment with the son of a former senior official of MUST, Sweden's Military Intelligence and Security Service.