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This week, a Russian couple living in Sweden for the past 20 years were arrested, with the husband detained under suspicion of working for the Russian intelligence services. @christogrozev did some digging and made some interesting discoveries about their neighbours in Moscow.

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The husband, wife and a family member were registered as owners of the flat in October 1999, located at Zorge street 36 in Moscow. It’s unclear if they ever lived in the apartment, as the couple moved to Sweden soon afterwards.
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Major General Andrey Averyanov, the head of the GRU’s Unit 29155, the clandestine sabotage and assassination behind multiple arms depot explosions and poisonings, including the Skripal and Emelian Gebrev poisonings, is also a resident in the same building:
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Major General Andrey Ilchenko, linked GRU disinformation operations, also resides in the same apartment building, along with many other members of Unit 29155. We previously linked Ilchenko to the activities of the “independent” Bonanza Media: bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-e…
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According to documents from the Swedish District Court and the police, the husband (pictured below) detained in Sweden is said to have started intelligence activities against the USA in 2013, and then against Sweden in July 2014.
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The couple owned a number of companies in Sweden, including companies that dealt with ship and aircraft equipment, computers and IT services, program development and financing of commercial projects.
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For several years, one of these companies was in fact controlled by a retired GRU colonel, through a company based in Cyprus. The man, now in his 70s, allowed himself to be interviewed under his full name a couple of years ago in the book "ГРУ. Поединок с черными половекнами"
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Many years earlier, his name appeared in the United States: During a hearing in the Senate in 1983, a senator asked to be presented with a list of all Soviet diplomats who, in the period 1974 to 1983, had been expelled for espionage, from all countries throughout the world.
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The couple also have a family connection to a former head of Swedish intelligence. The man worked as head of the Military Security and Intelligence Service, MUST, for several years. The family connection between the couple and the former MUST boss was established after he retired
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New - One of the persons registered as owner of the flat at Zorge was Elena Koulkova's daughter. She is on the board of a Swedish company together with the detained Skvortsov. She shared an apartment with the son of the former high-ranking office from Sweden's military Intel.
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The irony in all this is I've actually not watch The Americans yet.
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I'm worried if I start now they'll just seem unrealistically competent.
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