In 2021, the SIS provided documents for the expulsion of three Russian spies – Domestic – Administration

Last year, the Slovak Information Service (SIS) provided information on the decision to expel three members of the Russian intelligence services who operated in the territory of the Slovak Republic under diplomatic cover. This follows from the non-classified part of the SIS Activity Report 2021.

“In connection with the above, the activities of Russian intelligence services in the Slovak Republic were partially limited in the period under review. The measures introduced in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to the suppression of their activities in the field of human resources intelligence, “the information service clarified.

Russian intelligence services continued to try to gain access to state administration representatives, members of the Slovak government, members of the National Council of the Slovak Republic and other opinion-forming personalities in order to influence their decision-making. “Representatives of Slovak diplomacy were also the subject of their interest in order to influence the positions of the Slovak Republic and possibly also the EU in accordance with the interests of the Russian Federation,” they said.

The SIS expects the continued interest of the Russian intelligence services in obtaining information from the environment of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic and NATO, with a focus on providing assistance to Ukraine.

In addition to Russian espionage activities in the Slovak Republic, the SIS also gave priority to members of the intelligence services of the People’s Republic of China. “In the evaluated period, they paid particular attention to topics related to the so-called politics of one China (Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong), “they specified in the report. Adherence to one China’s policy has long been China’s top foreign policy priority. “In an effort to achieve this goal, it uses the so-called soft tools in the form of propaganda and lobbying, but also activities by intelligence services, “said the SIS.

The Chinese intelligence services continued to seek to build contacts in government and educational institutions, “which aims to establish initial contact with individuals with the potential to hold important government positions in the future.” Lobbying activities aimed mainly at supporting the penetration of Chinese companies into the critical technological infrastructure of state and public administration bodies and into the environment of academic and educational institutions also continued. “Due to the economic problems of some Slovak companies operating in the field of innovation and advanced technologies, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of their acquisition by Chinese entities has increased,” the information service explained.

The number of attempts by foreign intelligence services to carry out cyber or hacker attacks has also increased, and the use of technical means to obtain intelligence is intensifying. “The main causes of vulnerability of information systems in the Slovak Republic can be considered non-compliance with security measures, human factor and underestimation of threats resulting from the activities of foreign intelligence services, which is related to insufficient level of security awareness of vulnerable entities,” they added.

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