Putin Sees and Hears it All
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Putin Sees and Hears it All

How Russia’s Intelligence Agencies Menace the UK


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The 2018 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Soviet-era nerve agent in the sleepy English town of Salisbury caused widespread condemnation and outrage. But according to Russia expert Andrew Foxall, such high-profile assassinations are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Kremlin’s subversive activities in the United Kingdom. In this eye-opening report, Foxall details how Russian spies have infiltrated British society to promote Russian interests, gather intelligence and silence critics. The report serves as a chilling reminder that, for Russia, the cold war with the West is far from over.

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The United Kingdom has become a prime battleground in Russia’s larger strategy to undermine Western alliances and promote Russian interests abroad. The Kremlin is maintaining an elaborate spy network in the country, involving Russia’s three main intelligence agencies: the FSB and the SVR – two KGB successor organizations reporting directly to the president – and the GRU – Russia’s military intelligence service. The three organizations currently employ around 500 agents in the United Kingdom. In addition, they rely on a network of informants from ...

About the Author

Andrew Foxall is the director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society. He is the author of Ethnic Relations in Post-Soviet Russia.


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