Russian spy agencies hired a group of amateurs to distribute propaganda materials. Later, however, their tasks were much more engaging. They assumed e.g. derailment of trains carrying weapons.
The case was covered by the Washington Post. However, the net was to be broken up by the Polish services. The American newspaper "Washington Post" published an article about spies who operated in Poland.
The newspaper reported that at the beginning of the year, mysterious job offers began to appear on the network, including Russian-language channels on Telegram. They talked about distributing leaflets or hanging signs in public places. As it soon turned out, the disseminated materials were pro-Russian propaganda.
Other tasks were to include: reconnaissance of Polish seaports, placing cameras along railway lines and hiding tracking devices in military cargo, The Washington Post reports, citing talks with Polish investigators.
In March, in turn, orders were to appear regarding the derailment of trains transporting weapons to Ukraine.
Polish authorities now believe that the secret employer was Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, and that the thwarted operation posed the most serious Russian threat to NATO territory since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine, the daily reported.
Polish authorities now believe that the mysterious employer was Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, and that the foiled operation posed the most serious Russian threat on NATO soil since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine last year.
Russia’s objective was to disrupt a weapons pipeline through Poland that accounts for more than 80 percent of the military hardware delivered to Ukraine, a massive flow that has altered the course of the war and that Russia has seemed helpless to interdict, according to Polish and Western security officials.
The purpose of the sabotage was to disrupt the flow of arms through Poland.
According to The Washington Post, 12 Ukrainian refugees are among those detained by the Internal Security Agency. Others arrested are a Russian and three citizens of Belarus.
"This is the first signal that the Russians are trying to organize sabotage - and even terrorist attacks - in Poland," Stanisław Żaryn, deputy minister of special services coordinator, said in a recent interview with The Washington Post.