The British government and intelligence agencies were earlier accused of having failed to conduct a proper assessment of the Kremlin’s alleged attempts to interfere in “democratic processes” and the 2016 Brexit referendum in the Russia report, released last year by the UK parliament’s intelligence and security committee.
MI5 has been boosting security protection offered to alleged potential ‘Kremlin targets’ residing in the UK in the aftermath of the alleged poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in 2018, according to Sky News.
Russia has been accused by unidentified sources cited by the outlet of taking “quite an active interest” in several individuals in the UK that are ostensibly in the crosshairs.
Fending off a potential ‘Salisbury-style’ attack – something the Kremlin has denied any involvement in – requires extra measures involving the police and other agencies, two senior MI5 officers were said to have warned in an interview given to the publication.
One source, going by the name of ‘Tom’, is said to be responsible for the intelligence agency’s Russian counter-espionage desk. The second intelligence officer, going by the name of ‘Kate’, who allegedly investigates the activities of Russia’s military intelligence agency, also weighed in on the issue.
Both identities were concealed, with actors voicing them on the final episode of Sky News’ Into The Grey Zone podcast series, released on Thursday.