November 28, 2019

Russia’s Espionage in Estonia: A Quantitative Analysis of Convictions

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People are silhouetted in front of a screen showing handcuffs before the show for fashion house Vivienne Westwood at the Men Spring-Summer 2016 Milan's Fashion Week on June 21, 2015.
People are silhouetted in front of a screen showing handcuffs before the show for fashion house Vivienne Westwood at the Men Spring-Summer 2016 Milan's Fashion Week on June 21, 2015.

The activities of Russia’s Intelligence Services have recently received a lot of media attention.

However, large-scale Russian intelligence blunders in US, UK and other NATO countries have resulted in very few convictions. On the other hand in Estonia, there are already 20 convictions of Russian spies since 2009. This paper, based only on publicly available sources, aims to give an overview of the results of the fight against Russia’s espionage by Estonian law enforcement authorities. It shows that effective countermeasures are possible, if there legislative basis, law enforcement agencies with knowhow and the will to implement them.

 

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