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Russians Exploiting Geneva as Espionage ‘Hotspot,’ Swiss Say

  • ‘Several dozen’ Russian spies based in Swiss city: official
  • Relations with Russia soured after Swiss adopted EU sanctions
Lake Geneva. 

Lake Geneva. 

Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Geneva remains a “hotspot” for international espionage and the number of Russian agents operating there could grow from the “several dozen” there currently, Switzerland’s intelligence service said.

“Recently, various European states have expelled Russian intelligence officers, which might lead the Russian services to deploy their forces in states, like Switzerland, which have not carried out any expulsions,” the Swiss Federal Intelligence service (FIS) said in its latest situation report published on Monday