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Swedish Security Service calls Russia 'biggest threat in intelligence'

One-third of the staff of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm is workers of the secret services
19:34, 15 March 2019

Sveriges Radio

The Swedish Security Service (SAPO) emphasized that Russia is the main threat for Sweden’s security in the 2018 report, as Polske Radio reported.

“The document also notes the growth of activity of the extremist groups,” the message said.

“Russia has developed the doctrine of the gray zone, which means it wants to influence Sweden and other states without solution of the armed conflict. The secret data is constantly gathered within it and data can be used for the destabilization of the country,” SAPO Counterintelligence Head Daniel Stenling stated.

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According to SAPO, Russia attempted to achieve its goals thanks to the information propaganda campaigns, cyber attacks, absorption of the strategic companies and technologies.

It is noted that in the end of February, the Swedish Security Service detained a worker of high technology industry suspected in the espionage for Russia. A man was recruited by a Russian officer of Foreign Intelligence, who works as a diplomat in Sweden.

Finally, Foreign Ministry of Sweden called the Russian Ambassador for a talk, demanding the release of the diplomat tied with the case. However, he still works in the Russian Embassy. The detained man stays in the custody.

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According to the Sweden Counterintelligence, one-third of the staff of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm is the workers of the secret services.

SAPO also mentions threats from Chinese side. “This country deals with the economic intelligence and cyber attacks. The development of 5G technology and artificial intelligence is the great challenge for the security sphere,” the message said.

Earlier, it became known about the detention of the former colonel of the Austrian armed forces who is suspected of having worked for the Russian intelligence for 20 years.  

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