Netherlands uncovers sleeper agents planted before USSR’s collapse

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Compiled by Miles Yu,

The conviction of a former Dutch diplomat has exposed a wide net of Russian espionage against the West that traces its roots back to the Soviet KGB era.

Raymond Poeteray is linked to Russian spy Anna Chapman.
Raymond Poeteray is linked to Russian spy Anna Chapman.

On April 23, a three-judge panel in the Hague sentenced Raymond Poeteray to 12 years in prison for having provided voluminous classified NATO and Dutch information to the Russian spy agency over the past several years.

The full extent of the damage caused by Poeteray’s betrayal is not known, but the court said it was the worst spy case in Dutch memory.

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