Capture of Agents Exposes Putin’s Extensive Spy Network

A classified trial is expected to have its first judgment in the coming weeks on two officers in Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, who posed as an Argentine couple living in Slovenia in order to conduct espionage as “illegals,” or deep-penetration agents, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The couple are seen as just two crucial cogs in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fast-expanding shadow war with the West.

In fact, other suspected Russian illegals have been exposed in several European countries since the Ukraine invasion in the largest unmasking of deep-penetration agents since an FBI operation that captured 10 Russian spies in the United States in 2010.

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