Germany says that an army officer was arrested on charges of spying for Russia

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The German Federal Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday that a citizen working in the army in Koblenz city, west of Germany, arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia.

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement, “It’s strongly suspected that the accused worked for a foreign intelligence service”.

According to the German Federal Public Prosecutor, the suspect had offered his services to several Russian authorities, including the Russian embassy in Berlin.

The detainee, who identified as Thomas H. in compliance with privacy rules in Germany, arrested on July 27 in Koblenz and his apartment and workplace searched.

The detainee placed in pretrial detention on Wednesday, but the Public Prosecution office did not specify whether he was a soldier or a civilian contractor

He worked in the Army’s Equipment and Information Technology Division and the In-Service Support Division.

Last May 2023 he contacted the Russian Consulate General in Bonn and the Russian Embassy in Berlin and offered his cooperation, according to the German Federal Public Prosecutor Office.

Meanwhile, he passed information he obtained during his work activities to be passed on to a Russian intelligence service.

An investigation conducted in close coordination with military intelligence and the internal security agency.

The Internal Security Agency stated in its annual report that Western sanctions imposed on Russia and Berlin’s support for Ukraine’s military efforts mean that the Kremlin has a growing interest in collecting information.

According to German intelligence, the Russian intelligence services are trying to bring new employees to Germany, in addition to seeking to establish activities with existing employees or to renew these activities.

In mid-April, Germany expelled a number of Russian diplomats, amid fears of espionage operations, which prompted Russia to respond with a similar step, expelling 20 German diplomats from Moscow.

A month later, Moscow limited the number of employees allowed to work in Russia to 350, which actually forced hundreds of official and local employees working for German institutions in Russia to leave the country.

Berlin quickly responded and ordered the closure of four of Moscow’s five consulates in Germany.

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