According to a report, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution warns of increased Russian espionage activities. Above all, travelers should watch out for recruitment attempts – and behave as inconspicuously as possible.
According to a report by Der Spiegel, Putin’s agents are encouraged to recruit more and more people traveling to Russia as informants. According to the report, the FSB secret service is trying to recruit the travelers as human sources, according to an internal analysis by the German domestic intelligence service.
The Russian spies could also try to use so-called “kompromat” – potentially incriminating material – to achieve cooperation. According to the analysis, employees of Germany’s diplomatic missions in particular are the focus of the Russian services. According to the report, private or business travelers are also classified as at risk by the authorities.
Anyone traveling to Russia should behave as inconspicuously as possible and, above all, not make themselves vulnerable on social networks. Police checks have already been carried out in Moscow in which mobile phones were searched for statements made in messenger services and social media, according to the office.