German Social Democrats interested in boosting ties with Moscow - Russian senatorRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 2:42
US declaration on UN reform is not organization’s document - LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 24, 13:34
US not to strike on DPRK as it is aware Pyongyang has nuclear weapon - LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 24, 13:32
US forces assist Syrian opposition force in crossing IS positionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 24, 12:55
Putin discusses Russia’s economy growth with ministersBusiness & Economy September 24, 2:38
Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
On Tuesday, Stuttgart state court began the trial of Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag, accused of espionage for Russia. Andreas, 52 and Heidrun, 46 face up to ten years in prison. However, after the verdict is passed, they might be swapped for two persons serving a sentence in Russia for spying for the United States.
According to the investigators, the married couple obtained fake Austrian passports in 1984, and after a few years, moved to live in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kommersant writes. Andreas Anschlag found a job in the car industry, and his wife gave birth to a daughter and became a housewife. The spouses claimed they had come from Argentina and Peru, but the investigators said they had come from the USSR with a 25-year intelligence record. They supplied to Moscow information about NATO and EU activities and the political situation in Germany. The investigators claim the spies had obtained more than 100 confidential documents, including five confidential NATO reports released after meetings of the alliance.
The Nezavisimaya Gazeta notes the activity in Berlin in connection with the case. The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Monday that two German Chancellery personnel visited the Russian Embassy in Berlin in March 2012 with the proposal to evict the Anshclag family to Russia, in exchange for the U.S. spies detained in Russia. It seems the U.S. tip on the Anschlags was viewed by the FBI from the beginning as a sort of advance payment for the German efforts to help out the CIA spies. In other words, it was initiated as an operation by U.S. secret services. But Russia rejected the deal. "The federal government's talks with Moscow over exchanging the Anschlags for the agent arrested in Russia deadlocked," the newspaper said referring to the Spiegel magazine.