Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press

 

Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press, 29 Dec. 1999, 25-26, carries condensations of two articles from the Russian press:

1. Maksim Yusin, Izvestia, 1 Dec. 1999, says that "the spy scandal between Russia and the US hasn't come about by accident.... Foreign agents ... are kept under surveillance for months, sometimes years. And if the fact of their discovery is shouted from the rooftops, you can be sure it's because the political leadership gave orders to that effect."

2. Sergei Sokut, Nezavisimaya gazeta, 1 Dec. 1999, 1-2, notes that according to "sources," the arrest of Cheri Leberknight "was the result of a lengthy FSB [Russian Federal Security Service] counterintelligence operation."

[Russia/99/U.S.Spy]

Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press, 23 Feb. 2000, 22-23, carries condensations of three articles from the Russian press:

1. Maksim Yusin, Izvestia, 22 Jan. 2000, says that this "conflict could have been avoided had there been any such desire.... Someone simply ordered this up for political reasons ... (a presidential election [in Poland] is coming up)."

2. Igor Korotchenko, Nexavisimaya gazeta, 22 Jan. 2000, 1-2, notes that "with the Polish Republic now a member of NATO, the Warsaw stations of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and Chief Intelligence Administration (GRU) will be operating in an environment of greatly intensified counterintelligence measures.... In all likelihood, leads on Russian intelligence operatives in Warsaw were provided by a Western special service -- the CIA or [Britain's] Secret Intelligence Service, for example -- that has a mole either in Yasenevo [SVR headquarters in southwestern Moscow] or in one of the SVR's European stations."

3. Igor Korotchenko, Nexavisimaya gazeta, 25 Jan. 2000, 1, reports the reciprocal expulsion of nine Polish diplomats by the Russian authorities.

[OtherCountries/Poland/PostCW; Russia/00s/00/Gen]

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