Two men and a woman, all from Bulgaria, have been arrested and charged by Scotland Yard under suspicion of being spies for Russia.
Although British police have only made the announcement today, the trio of alleged spies were initially detained back in February under the Official Secrets Act by counter-terrorism detectives at London’s Metropolitan Police.
Their names are Orlin Roussev, 45, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Biser Dzhambazov, 41, of Harrow, north-west London, and Katrin Ivanova, 31, of the same address.
The alleged spies are charged with possessing identity documents with improper intention’, and are alleged to have had these knowing they were fake.
Passports and identity cards for the UK, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, and the Czech Republic are just some of the documents found.
MI6 has recruited a number of Russians disaffected by the Ukraine war, its chief revealed last month, as he appealed for more to defect and work with them.
In a speech in Prague, Sir Richard Moore said many Russians were “silently appalled” to see their armed forces “pulverising” Ukrainian cities.
“They are watching in horror as their soldiers ravage a kindred country,” he said, adding that the door was ‘always open’ to any Russian wanting to join the UK spy agency.
“We will handle their offers of help with the discretion and professionalism for which my service is famed. Their secrets will always be safe with us,” he added.
“They know in their hearts that Putin’s case for attacking a fellow Slavic nation is fraudulent, a miasma of lies and fantasy.
“I invite them to do what others have already done this past 18 months and join hands with us.”