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Vladimir Putin: He'll never be the West's favourite world leader but is he really the pantomime villain we're all being asked to believe he is? [Image: Barcroft.]

Vladimir Putin: He’ll never be the West’s favourite world leader but is he really the pantomime villain we’re all being asked to believe he is? [Image: Barcroft.]


Provable or propaganda?

Russians have been spying on the West for decades – hundreds of spy novels have been written about it.

But is it really a threat that is becoming an increasing danger?

What would the Russians say in response? Would they not suggest that the West has been increasingly aggressive towards them and they needed to increase their activities in order to defend against our behaviour?

That’s the usual way of it.

All this sabre-rattling seems a little ‘staged’ to This Writer.

I wonder whether the intention is to distract us from something else.

Are we on the verge of an environmental disaster, perhaps?

Russia is adopting an “increasingly aggressive” approach to pursuing its foreign policy goals, including propaganda, spying and cyber-attacks, the head of MI5 has warned.

The Security Service’s director general Andrew Parker said Russia had been a “covert threat” for decades but there were now more methods available for its agents to use.

In an unprecedented newspaper interview, Mr Parker said his service was working to disrupt the activities of Moscow’s spies who were “at work across Europe and in the UK”.

He told the Guardian that at a time when much of the focus was on Islamic extremism, covert action from other countries was a growing danger, with Russia the biggest concern.

Source: Russia is an ‘increasingly aggressive and covert threat’, MI5 spy chief warns – Mirror Online

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