Five people to be charged with spying for Russia
Five Bulgarian nationals are due to be charged in the UK with conspiracy to conduct espionage.
Orlin Roussev, Bizer Dzhambazov, Katrin Ivanova, Ivan Stoyanov, and Vanya Gaberova will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.
Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police, the five are accused of conspiring to gather information which would be useful to an enemy between August 2020 and February 2023.
It is alleged they worked in an operational spy cell for the Russian security services, conducted surveillance on targets and passed information to the Russian state.
Officers are believed to have found fake passports and identity documents at properties occupied by the accused.
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