Dutch diplomat arrested for spying for Russia

Anna Chapman
Authorities in Holland have arrested a Dutch diplomat who is said to have worked for the same Russian intelligence unit that handled a group of Russian sleeper agents captured in the United States in 2010. The 60-year-old diplomat, who has been publicly identified only as Raymond P., was arrested over the weekend in The Hague following an extensive investigation by German counterintelligence. According to German newsmagazine Focus, which first aired the story on Saturday, the diplomat is believed to have given nearly 500 classified documents to Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag, two Russian intelligence officers operating in Germany. The Anschlags, who are married to each other, and are believed to be Mexican-born, were arrested in October of 2011 in the university town of Marburg in central Germany. They are thought to have moved to Germany from Mexico in 1990, using false Austrian passports supplied to them by the SVR, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. At the time of the Anschlags’ arrest, Russian media claimed that the couple had “effectively retired” from the SVR several years ago and were being utilized mostly as message couriers. It now appears that Raymond P. was one of their informants, and that the three operated as part of the same espionage ring in Germany. Interestingly, the Anschlags were also said to be in frequent contact with Russian intelligence officer Anna Chapman (pictured), who was arrested by the FBI in the US in 2010. Chapman was part of a group of 11 Russian sleeper agents who were arrested on the same day by the FBI, and were later expelled to Russia. This connection has led some commentators to wonder whether Colonel Alexander Poteyev, the Russian intelligence officer who betrayed the Russian illegals in the United States, is also responsible for the capture of the Anschlags and, consequently, last weekend’s capture of Raymond P. in Holland. Last July, Poteyev was given a 25-year prison sentence by a Russian court for exposing the 11 Russian operatives. The sentence was delivered in absentia, as Poteyev is believed to have defected to the US, where he probably lives today under an assumed identity. German media reports that Raymond P. is so far refusing all cooperation with German and Dutch interrogators, and has declined several opportunities to make a statement to the investigators handing his case.

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