The KGB Cold Warrior continues his old ways. But the war is getting hotter.
Two Russian men suspected of carrying out the 2018 Salisbury poisonings are being linked to an explosion at an arms depot in the Czech Republic.
Evidence links the 2014 explosion, and an attempted poisoning in Bulgaria, to a unit of Russian military intelligence – the GRU – the BBC has learnt.
European intelligence agencies believe the GRU’s Unit 29155 is tasked with sabotage, subversion and assassination.
The Russian government said the claims were unfounded and absurd.
Czech authorities say they are expelling 18 Russian diplomats believed to be intelligence operatives in retaliation for the explosion, which killed two people.