Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


France kicks out Russian spies working ‘under diplomatic cover’

The French secret service (DGSI) uncovered a “clandestine operation” being carried out by six Russian agents “operating under diplomatic cover.”

In a statement on Monday evening, the French foreign ministry said the operation being “conducted by Russian intelligence services” on French territory had been dismantled. The operation was carried out by “six Russian agents operating under diplomatic cover and whose activities proved to be contrary to our national interests,” said the statement. The undercover Russian operation was discovered on Sunday, the day of the first round of the French presidential election.

The Russian agents were declared persona non grata and the second-in-command at the Russian embassy was summoned to the ministry Monday evening.

On Twitter, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin praised a “remarkable counterespionage operation” and congratulated the DGSI, which he said “watches over our fundamental interests.” He confirmed that the Russian agents involved will have to leave the country.

A week ago, 35 Russian diplomats were expelled by France, the biggest eviction of Russian officials since the so-called Farewell Dossier in 1983, when some 40 Soviet agents were booted out thanks to documents handed to French authorities by Vladimir Vetrov, a KGB defector codenamed “Farewell.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like


LONDON — Boris Johnson has finally been persuaded to resign, after more than one third of his own government colleagues — including a clutch...


Up to 71 million people from the poorest countries in the world are projected to be facing severe poverty as a result of the...


Kyiv is summoning Turkey’s ambassador to Ukraine after Ankara released the Zhibek Zholy cargo ship with “stolen” Ukrainian grain Wednesday evening, Ukraine’s Ministry of...


In this ongoing project, POLITICO is hosting a sort of digital diary following Ukrainian refugees across Europe as they adjust to lives forever changed...


Jack Murphy* was suspicious. His ex-girlfriend, Eve Doherty, seemed to know a lot about who he was calling.  His suspicions were merited. Doherty had...


Dimitar Bechev is a lecturer at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe and the author of...


MADRID — Spain wants the EU to revive its perpetually dormant migration talks after Madrid secured a related NATO pledge last week.  During an...


PARIS — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne came out swinging Wednesday, giving a speech to a fragmented parliament in which she laid out broad...