Analysis

Russia: Increased Espionage to Steal Naval Secrets
Top: photo of Russia’s ultra-quiet Sierra-2 class submarine, one of which was discovered in October in the vicinity of a US aircraft carrier battle group, 275 miles from the US coast. Russia apparently is engaged in an aggressive espionage effort to steal naval technology, indicated by the recent arrests of British naval engineer Edward Devenney, left, Canadian naval intelligence officer Jeffrey Paul Delisle, right, and several Americans who sold naval secrets to Russian intelligence.
December 14, 2012
| Security
| Russia and Central Asia
Summary
Russia’s keen interest in enhancing its navy, especially its submarine force, has been amply demonstrated over the last year after a number of major Russian espionage efforts were uncovered. These cases demonstrate that despite the end of the Cold War, Russia maintains robust espionage against the United States and its allies. Four different spy cases reveal a troubling pattern of Russian espionage targeting the naval secrets of the United States and its allies. Unlike Russian efforts to steal military secrets during the Cold War to counter American power, Moscow is now probably conducting espionage to also stay ahead of China’s rapidly improving military capabilities.
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