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Visegrad Insight: Hiding the Russian Connection

Hiding the Russian Connection

When Slovakia reacted to the fraudulent behaviour of the Russian state and expelled three of its diplomats, politicians and the media in Russia pulled out clichés about pressure from the USA. After the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Slovakia can finally boast of increased attention from the Russian intelligence services – attention which Slovakia repaid with the expulsion of Russian intelligence services’ members or collaborators. At the end of September 2020, the Slovak Information Service (SIS) published a report on its activities in 2019. In the chapter on counterintelligence, it described “activities of foreign intelligence services against the interests of the Slovak Republic and its allies”. It focused mainly on two countries – Russia and China. According to the SIS, “the activities of Russian intelligence services were directed against the protected interests of the Slovak Republic as a member of the EU and NATO. Members ...  (Visegrad Insight, October 2020).

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