Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Ireland Expels Russian Diplomat Over Faked Spy Passports

Posted by Info on 01/02/2011

A police investigation found the identities of six Irish citizens were used as cover for Russian spies found to have been working in the US, said an Irish foreign ministry statement. In response, the unnamed diplomat “has been asked to leave this jurisdiction”.

The ministry said that the behaviour of the Russian intelligence service was not what the Irish government “would expect from a country with which we have friendly relations”.

Last June, a network of 10 Russian spies living as US citizens was uncovered – with several using Irish passports. They were swiftly deported as part of the biggest US-Russia spy swap since the Cold War.
One passport belonged to a volunteer with Irish charity ‘To Russia With Love’. It is believed to have been cloned and used by one of the 10 Russian spies deported from the US in July. The charity has been working in Russia for more than 12 years helping Russian orphans across the Russian Federation. One spy, Anna Chapman, used details stolen from a member of Dublin children’s charity To Russia With Love.
Irish police investigated how six Irish passports had ended up in the hands of the spies. Among those who had their identities stolen was Catherine Sherry, a volunteer with To Russia With Love, which works with orphans.Also affected were Eunan Gerard Doherty, a firefighter from Carndonagh, Co Donegal, and his wife Maureen.
All of the Irish citizens involved had been granted visas at the Russian embassy in Dublin.

The latest garda investigation follows another set up to investigate the forgery of Irish passports by Israeli agents.
That investigation found that eight forged Irish passports were used in connection with the killing of a senior Hamas figure in Dubai in 2010.
It also found that an Israeli Government agency was likely to have been responsible for the production of the forged passports.

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