The army reservist is accused of passing information to Russian intelligence services since 2014
A German army reserve officer has been charged with spying for Moscow’s intelligence service and accused of passing sensitive military and financial information to Russia for nearly a decade.
Identified only as “Ralph G” by local authorities, the man was charged in mid-March by Düsseldorf State Court on suspicion of having “has worked for a foreign secret service against the Federal Republic of Germany and against a state party to NATO”, the country’s federal prosecutor’s office announced Friday.
“Since October 2014 at the latest, he has been in contact with a Russian intelligence officer through different people,” prosecutors said, adding that “Up to March 2020, he repeatedly provided him with documents and information, some of which came from public sources, but also from non-public sources in relation to his activities as a reserve officer.”
The soldier would have served as “Deputy Head” a local district liaison command, and “was a member of several committees of the German economy.” This latter role would have allowed him to provide “economic sector overviews”, such as the impact of German sanctions against Russia in 2014, or more recent sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. He also reportedly shared unspecified information about Bundeswehr reservists, as well as its military-civilian cooperation .
Although prosecutors did not provide many details about the man’s motives, they said he received “invitations to events organized by Russian government agencies” in exchange for his “services,” which also included the discount “personal data” to “high-ranking members” of the Army.
The indictment comes after a former employee of the UK Embassy in Germany was arrested on similar charges in August, also accused of providing documents to Russian intelligence. Another German national was sentenced to two years behind bars late last year after allegedly giving copies of floor plans of parliament buildings to spies, while a Russian professor working at a German university , Ilnur Nagaev, is currently on trial over allegations that he shared sensitive details. on the European Union’s space program with the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.
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