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Ex-spy chief says Brexit leaves UK vulnerable to attack

Oct. 19, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Brexit could leave Britain more vulnerable to attacks like the nerve-agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Salisbury, a former head of the U.K.'s overseas intelligence service said Friday. "I don't believe Russia would have used a nerve agent on the streets of an American or German city"...

Military intelligence offers career path in today's Russia

Oct. 12, 2018 4:14 AM EDT

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — "First time here?" the conductor on the train that stops at the logging outpost of Loyga asks some departing passengers. "My condolences — there isn't even cell phone connection." This desolate village, deep in the far northern Arkhangelsk region, is the hometown of one of the...

Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies

Oct. 11, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, even ones that flee abroad to escape their...

Russian suspect in UK poisoning is hero to his home village

Oct. 10, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

LOYGA, Russia (AP) — As the recipient of Russia's highest award, Alexander Mishkin is the pride of his home village, his photo even decorating a local school. Several residents of this remote hamlet located amid marshlands and deep forests in Russia's northwestern Arkhangelsk region easily recognized him...

Report: Poison suspects had followed spy to Czech Republic

Oct. 10, 2018 7:41 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech public radio has reported that the two suspects in the nerve agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England had already been following their victim when all three were in the Czech Republic in 2014. Citing unnamed domestic intelligence authorities, the broadcaster says Sergei...

Poisoning suspect honored by Putin in 2014, UK group says

Oct. 9, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of the two suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in England is a medical doctor in Russian military intelligence who was honored as a Hero of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin in 2014, a group of British investigators said Tuesday. British police say two GRU...

Little-known UK site Bellingcat hunts online for scoops

Oct. 9, 2018 1:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A little-known website that fingered two Russians with military intelligence backgrounds in the poisoning of an ex-spy derived its name from an old fable about mice discussing how best to deal with a hungry cat. The mice decide that hanging a bell around its neck — "belling the cat"...

A look at suspected Russian plots abroad _ and the plotters

Oct. 9, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Hacking computer networks, poisoning, election meddling — it's hard to keep track of all the Russian spies and agents suspected of committing crimes abroad on the Kremlin's behalf. The latest development: Investigative group Bellingcat has revealed new information about a Russian...

The Latest: Kremlin refuses to comment on Bellingcat report

Oct. 9, 2018 8:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Russian suspects in ex-spy's poisoning (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The Kremlin has refused to comment on the claim by investigative group Bellingcat that one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a doctor who works for Russian military...

Report: UK poison suspect is doctor for Russian intelligence

Oct. 8, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a doctor who works for Russian military intelligence and traveled to Britain under an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday. Bellingcat said on its website that the man British authorities identified as...