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Germany arrests two suspected of spying for Russia



Two German-Russian nationals have been arrested in southern Germany on suspicion of spying for Russia, with one suspect accused of discussing possible acts of sabotage, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The two men were identified only as Dieter S and Alexander J in line with Germany’s strict privacy laws.

The duo was taken into custody on suspicion of espionage on Wednesday in the Bavarian city of Bayreuth, the office of the Federal Public Prosecutor General said.

Dieter S is accused of exchanging information about possible acts of sabotage in Germany with a person connected to a Russian intelligence agency since at least October last year.

Prosecutors said the actions were intended in particular to undermine the military support provided by Germany to Ukraine.

Dieter S is said to have told his interlocutor that he was prepared to carry out explosive and arson attacks, primarily on military infrastructure and industrial sites in Germany.

He collected information about potential targets for attacks, including facilities of the U.S. armed forces, according to the statement by the prosecutor’s office.

Dieter S is said to have scouted out and photographed some of the targeted objects, such as military transports.

The second accused, Alexander J, is accused of helping him from March 2024 at the latest.

Cecilia Odey

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