Germany Charges 2 Alleged Russian Spies


BERLIN - German prosecutors say they have filed espionage charges against two alleged Russian agents whom they accuse of spying for information on European Union and NATO strategy.

The federal prosecutors' office alleged Thursday the pair, who were arrested last October, worked in Germany for Russia's foreign intelligence service, or SVR, for more than 20 years.

Prosecutors said they entered Germany in 1988 and 1990 claiming to be Austrian citizens of South American origin. The pair called themselves Andreas and Heidrun A., but prosecutors gave no further information on their identity.

Between 2008 and 2011, they allegedly handled another agent in the Dutch Foreign Ministry who gave them official documents on EU and NATO matters.

Prosecutors say they were paid nearly $130,000 annually for their work in recent years.

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