Last week, the German counterintelligence arrested the spouses, who were suspected of industrial espionage. It was said that the spouses were working for Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service.
The German media do not have the right to expose the last name of the suspects. The spies, named only as Heidrun and Andreas A., have not been charged yet. Russian mass media say that the last name of the spouses is Anschlag. It was said that the two spies arrived in the Federative Republic of Germany 20 years ago from South America. It just so happens that the KBG recruited them during the time when officer Vladimir Putin was serving in Germany.
We would like to remind here that the Foreign Intelligence Service declared itself to be the official successor of the First Principal Directorate of the KGB in December 1991. It was a foreign intelligence department, whereas Putin always served in counterintelligence. To put it simply, Putin's job was to neutralize the colleagues of the detainees - he did not recruit and infiltrate anyone. Therefore, the sitting prime minister knew nothing about the activities of the two spies.
Heidrun and Andreas, who held Austrian passports, were living in the south-west of the FRG, in Landau, from 2002 to 2010. According to the Rheinpfalz newspaper, Andreas was collecting industrial secrets and sending them to Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service. Andreas, a professional machine-builder, was working at the firm called Faurecia (car supplies). He also owned an innovation center in Rheinland-Pfalz province.
At the end of 2010, the spies were supposed to move to Marburg, where they rented a one-room house. Heidrun, 51, was arrested in that house. The woman was supposedly sitting in front of the transmitter and was about to receive a code telegram. Andreas, 45, was conducting his illegal activities at the time when he was officially serving as a car supplier in Heuchelheim in the state of Hesse. The man was arrested last week on Tuesday night by the federal department of criminal police and GSG 9 antiterrorist department.
The Rheinpfalz reporters found out that the married couple spoke German with an east-European accent. The couple also has a 20-year-old daughter, a student of a medical college in Marburg.