In February, two men and a woman were arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicion of being Russian spies. They are now accused of working for the Russian Security Service and possessing several false identity documents from Great Britain, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and the Czech Republic.
According to the indictment, they must have known that the documents were forged.
The three people have lived in the UK for more than a decade and are originally from Bulgaria. It is unclear what exactly they did to Russian security services or what information they may have shared.
She has worked in healthcare and the financial sector
According to the BBC, the three held several different jobs during their years in the UK and moved between different suburbs.
The woman, who is in her 30s, and the man, in his 40s, are said to have been or presented themselves as a couple, according to neighbors the BBC spoke to. At the time of their arrest, they were living in north-west London and were said to have worked in the healthcare sector, with the man as a driver in a hospital and the woman as a laboratory assistant in a private company. They are also said to have been active in the Bulgarian Electoral Commission in London which helps Bulgarians vote from abroad.
The third person is a 45-year-old man who lives in Norfolk. He is said to have had a technical role in the financial sector and, according to his LinkedIn profile, had his own company that eavesdropped on communications and electronic signatures.
UK counter-terrorism officers have spoken frankly about how they see increasing threats from espionage, particularly by Russian agents.
The trial of the three is expected to take place in January. They did not comment on whether or not they deny any wrongdoing.
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