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Putin's sick plot to launch terror attack on UK with far-right extremists uncovered

Russia is recruiting far-right extremists to carry out terror attacks on NATO countries, including the UK.

Russian GRU agents have been tasked with recruiting terrorists, many of whom are former Wagner mercenaries, to launch a series of attacks in Western Europe and the US, the Telegraph reports.

Intelligence sources have told the paper that Russia has been behind several attacks carried out in the last six months.

It comes after the expulsion of Col Elovik Maxim, the Russian defence attache to the UK, who is believed to be a GRU operative.

An intelligence source told National Security News: “The GRU are cultivating a network of Right-wing terrorists to deploy against Nato targets.

“These attacks are already happening and have been going on for a while in various Nato countries and the UK is definitely on the target list.

“Attacks may have taken place in the US and have occurred in Germany.

“Intelligence agencies are now actively warning their governments that the threat is very real.

“Right-wing extremists are being targeted because they are the group in the political spectrum who are pro-Russia, pro-Putin and very violent.

“There is also a lot of covert contact between Right-wing groups in different countries.”

It is understood that Russia is using similar tactics to Iran in which organised crime gangs are used to carry out proxy terrorist attacks.

Mark Galeotti, director of the London-based think tank Mayak Intelligence and author of Putin’s Wars: From Chechnya to Ukraine, said that as the West continues to pile pressure on Russia, “we should not be surprised by a pushback.”

Mr Galeotti added that the increase in sabotage operations also comes as Ukraine has intensified its attacks on Russian soil and that they can be viewed as a sort of payback.

“As far as Putin is concerned, Ukraine does what it is told.

“When he sees Russian factories being attacked, he sees the hands of the CIA, of Nato.

“Not killing people and going after infrastructure facilities show they still have political limits, for the moment.

“Even if Putin speaks of a war against the West, in reality he doesn’t want an open conflict.

“So Russia is using operations that remain just below the threshold.”

A government spokesperson told the Telegraph: “The Government actively deters and defends against the full spectrum of threats emanating from Russia, working in partnership with our allies.

“We recently announced that we are expelling the Russian Defence Attaché and are removing the diplomatic status from several Russian premises as part of a package to tighten defences against malign activity by Russia across the UK and Europe.

“This is the toughest package of bilateral measures imposed on Russia since Salisbury and sits alongside the significant powers of the National Security Act 2023, which are already being used to keep us safe from state threats.

“Alongside the US and Australia, we have also sanctioned a senior Russia-based leader of LockBit, once one of the world’s most pernicious cybercrime gangs.”


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