Dozens of Russian intelligence officers accused of using diplomatic status as cover in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has identified 45 Russian intelligence officers using diplomatic status as a cover to stay in the country and authorities are seeking to deport them, officials said Wednesday.

Poland’s Internal Security Agency said it was asking the Foreign Ministry to urgently expel the Russians, who have been described as a danger to Poland’s security, from the country.

“These are people who have and operate using their diplomatic status, but who are actually carrying out intelligence activities against Poland,” said Stanislaw Zaryn, state security spokesman.

He said the decision to expel them now was made “taking into account Russian aggression against Ukraine”.

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He said the agency’s work also shows that Russian intelligence is increasingly on the offensive and “acting aggressively against Poland.”

Zaryn said in a separate statement that the security agency concluded that the activities of the 45 Russians served “Russian corporate objectives aimed at undermining the stability of Poland and its allies in the international arena and pose a threat to interests and security”. of our country.”

The Polish government spokesman said that the Russian ambassador to Poland had been summoned to the Foreign Ministry.

Poland’s state security service also said it detained a Polish citizen suspected of spying for the Russian secret service. The suspect, who was arrested on March 17, worked at the Civil Registry Office in Warsaw and had access to the city’s archives.

“Given the nature of the documents kept by these units, the suspect’s activity posed a threat to Poland’s internal and external security,” the agency said in a statement.

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