BIS says Russian and Chinese espionage on the rise in Czech Republic

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 26.10.2017 10:57

Last year, there was an increase in the activities of China and Russia aimed against Czech interests and security, the Security Information Service (BIS) reported on Tuesday 24 October in its annual report.

Compared to 2015, the role and activity of Russian intelligence services in the politics of the Czech Republic, including cyberespionage, has increased in the past year. Russian agents continued to hide under diplomatic cover and did not seek to obtain individual documents, rather accessing the thinking of key political and government officials. China, on the other hand, seeks to use its already-acquired information network to promote its own interests, for example to suppress the Tibet question. Higher risk of cyber spying was also reported by military intelligence.

According to counter-intelligence, the 2015 migration crisis has already been overcome, and the anti-immigration and anti-Islamist movements have weakened during last year. Activity mainly took place on the Internet and thus contributed to the radicalisation of public opinion. Intelligence officers have not seen any extremist activity that would pose a threat to Czech democratic principles. Islamophobia is considered by BIS to be one of the factors of radicalisation of the Muslim community in the Czech Republic. Only two foreigners, who only stayed in the Czech Republic or had other ties to it, left to Syria or Iraq to fight for the Islamic State (IS) in previous years. The return of foreign fighters is the main risk and the BIS also focused on this issue. Czech-Turkish relations have been affected by events related to the Kurdish question.

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