Suspicion of espionage: Russian couple arrested in Sweden

Her neighbor describes the two as "completely normal people": More than 20 years ago, a couple immigrated from Russia to Sweden, where they are said to have started spying for their homeland about a decade later.

Suspicion of espionage: Russian couple arrested in Sweden

Her neighbor describes the two as "completely normal people": More than 20 years ago, a couple immigrated from Russia to Sweden, where they are said to have started spying for their homeland about a decade later. Now the Swedish secret service takes the two.

Swedish intelligence has arrested two people in the Stockholm area on suspicion of espionage, who media reports say are a Russian couple. The two are suspected of having committed illegal intelligence activities against Sweden and against another country, the secret service said.

In addition, apartments were searched and a third person was interrogated. According to court documents, prosecutors believe the espionage began in January 2013. The public prosecutor's office and the secret service did not provide any further information on those arrested and the countries for and about which spying could have taken place. According to the secret service, however, the investigation had been going on for "some time".

The Swedish newspaper "Aftonbladet" reported that those arrested were a Russian couple. It immigrated to Sweden from Russia more than 20 years ago. Accordingly, the man should be suspected of spying for Russia and his wife of complicity.

"These are normal people that we greet from time to time," a neighbor told the newspaper. The Swedish authorities stressed that the arrests "are not related to other cases currently being processed by the intelligence services". Only in the middle of the month did the Swedish judiciary accuse two brothers of large-scale espionage for Russia and its military intelligence service. The trial against her is scheduled to begin this week.

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