Wednesday, 17 Jul 2024

Three Russian 'spies' living in UK arrested

Two men and a woman suspected to be spies for Russia in the UK have been arrested and charged today, it has been reported.

The defendants are all Bulgarian nationals accused to be working for the Russian security services, the BBC said.

The trio were held in February under the Official Secrets Act by counter-terrorism detectives at London’s Metropolitan Police, which has a policing responsibility for espionage, the report added.

Their names are Orlin Roussev, 45, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Biser Dzhambazov, 41, of Harrow, north-west London, and Katrin Ivanova, 31, of the same address.

They are charged with possessing identity documents with ‘improper intention’, and are alleged to have had these knowing they were fake.

Passports and identity cards for the UK, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, and the Czech Republic are just some of the documents found.

Police said five people were arrested in February on suspicion of an offence under the Official Secrets Act before being released on bail.

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Three of them, Roussev, Ivanova an Dzhambazov, were then charged and later appeared at the Old Bailey on July 31.

They are remanded, and are next due to appear at the court on a future date yet to be fixed.

The Official Secrets Act investigation is ongoing and being led by the Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.

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