Report: Russia Is Planning Its European Murders From A Base In The French Alps
Western intelligence officials confirmed that a group of elite Russian military intelligence officers, including those who planned the poisoning of a defector in Britain, have been operating out of the French Alps, according to NBC News.
European and American intelligence agencies had been tracking up to 15 members of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU. France’s Le Monde daily first reported the names of the officers, later confirmed by intelligence officials.
“It’s good that our European partners are taking the Russian threat so seriously,” said Marc Polymeropoulos, a former senior CIA officer with expertise in Europe and Russia. “Russia behaves at times like an outlaw regime, attempting to kill dissidents abroad and fomenting unrest in European democracies. It takes the sustained efforts of European security services working together to counter this threat.”
Former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, was targeted in March 2018 by two men named in Le Monde’s report: Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who stayed in France’s Haute-Savoie department in the Alps.
British authorities say the Russian agents used a nerve agent against Skripal. His daughter was also affected but both have since recovered.
French authorities consider the area to be a GRU base for covert operations in Europe, while Russia has called the allegations propaganda.