The Prosecutor’s office of Switzerland suspected «spies» from Russia to cyber attacks on WADA

© AFP 2018 / Marc BraibantОфис world anti-doping Agency (WADA). Archival photoThe Prosecutor’s office of Switzerland suspected «spies» from Russia to cyber attacks on WADA© AFP 2018 / Marc Braibant

Swiss prosecutors believe suspected of espionage are Russian citizens deported from the Netherlands, could be involved in the cyber attacks against the world anti-doping Agency (WADA), according to Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

Earlier, the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger and the Dutch NRC Handelsblad reported, citing its own investigation of the two Russians, allegedly intending to Snoop into the laboratory Spiez. Its experts have previously investigated a chemical attack in Syria and the attempted poisoning in Salisbury. It was reported that the alleged agents were arrested in the Netherlands, in the Hague this spring, and later deported to Russia. A more precise time and circumstances of detention are unknown. Swiss intelligence has confirmed its participation in this operation «, along with the Dutch and British colleagues,» said the publication.

In the material of the NRC Handelsblad reported that the Prosecutor’s office in Bern confirmed this information. The newspaper writes that the investigation by the Swiss Prosecutor’s office against the Russians was opened in March 2017.

«Two Russian spy who was arrested in the Hague this spring, are also suspected of cyber attacks on WADA in Louisiana» — the newspaper writes, citing a statement the Prosecutor’s office.

The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier expressed doubt that the operation of the intelligence services of three countries in Europe (occurred in the spring – ed.) for the alleged apprehension and expulsion of «Russian spies» from the Netherlands could not ignore the media. He stressed that Moscow is ready «intelligible» to comment on the reports only after obtaining the facts.

Hackers Fancy Bears in 2016 published the results of hacking of the databases of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA), which suggests that WADA was allowed to use banned substances for therapeutic exemptions (TUE) a number of famous athletes. WADA Director General Olivier Niggli expressed confidence that the cyber attacks coming from Russia, and called on the Russian authorities to do everything possible to halt the activities of hackers. The Russian side has repeatedly denied such accusations, calling them unfounded.