Swiss police reportedly believe Russian spies posed as plumbers to bug Davos

Swiss police reportedly believe Russian spies posed as plumbers to bug Davos
Share
  • Police told the Financial Times that the men claimed they had diplomatic protection, although they had not registered this with official Swiss authorities.
  • The news paper added that Swiss police found no indications of criminal acts.

Swiss police reportedly believe they uncovered two Russian spies who had posed as plumbers in order to bug world leaders at Davos this week.

According to the Financial Times, Swiss police picked up two men at the high-end resort in August after the pair had aroused suspicion by staying for an unusually long time.

Zürich’s Tages-Anzeiger newspaper reported that Swiss officials and police concluded that the pair were Russian spies employed by the Kremlin to record and tap into the conversations of important figures at the World Economic Forum this week.

Police told the Financial Times that the men claimed they had diplomatic protection, although they had not registered this with official Swiss authorities. The newspaper added that Swiss police found no indications of criminal acts.

A representative for the Russian embassy in Switzerland, Stanislav Smirnov, told CNBC via phone Tuesday that there had been no contact from Swiss authorities on the matter and that the story was “one more attempt to undermine Swiss-Russian relations.”

Smirnov added that unverified reports suggest two men with Russian passports were picked up, but not found guilty of any suspicious activities.

“The story goes, as far as I understand it, is that police wanted to check documents of men who they thought were suspicious. They were released, but still observed. The police did not see anything suspicious and the men just left,” Smirnov told CNBC.

Source: CNBC

Submit a Comment