Number of Russian spies in UK has risen fivefold since Cold War

By Andrew Gilligan

Russia has up to 200 intelligence officers in Britain, more than five times as many as during the Cold War, and at least 500 agents who provide information, according to a report to be published within weeks.

The Henry Jackson Society think tank interviewed serving and recent former intelligence officials to produce the figure, which is significantly higher than previous estimates. It will add to growing alarm about Russian espionage activities in Britain following the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.

Even after the expulsions of 23 suspected intelligence officers after the Skripal attack, about half of the 56 accredited Russian diplomats still in London are believed to be engaged in intelligence work, the report says. Others operate without diplomatic cover. Several spies are based at the Russian trade delegation office in Highgate, north London, the official Rossotrudnichestvo cultural centre, in Kensington High Street, and elsewhere.


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