Beautiful, but dangerous Russian spies
Secret services have many women in their ranks. In addition to their work for national interests, they need to be skillful and wise. However, the Russians also have an additional criterion: their secret agents must be beautiful too!
In fact, several cases of Russian residents, who visit for espionage purposes, were reported in Kosovo.
Namely, a few days ago the media reported about a senior UNMIK official called Jana Minochkina, who was caught stealing from a shop in downtown Prishtina.
But the data possessed by security institutions say it was likely that the woman was a Russian secret service agent.
Whereas, the last case is that of Julia Genadievna Luchevnikova, whose case was reported by citizens, who became suspicious after noticing her taking pictures of central institutions of the Republic of Kosovo.
Both cases, that of Jana Minochkina and Julia Luchevnikova, are suspected of espionage activity.
An RTK source (security expert) who has asked to remain anonymous, says that during last year, there has been an intensification in the Russian Federation's intelligence services in Kosovo.
"Taking into account Russia's failure to prevent Montenegro's membership in NATO, then failing to block the agreement between Greece and North Macedonia on the name issue, only Kosovo and Serbia have remained a suitable terraine for Russian agents. It is true that there were some cases of espionage in Kosovo reported and this is dangerous. The case of these women is worrying. They were both evidenced, but we have to consider how many others were left unidentified, " says the source.
According to provided data, the Russian citizen Julia Luchevnikova has been detained by Kosovo Police in Prishtina, but has refused to respond to the authorities.
According to this information, at the time she was caught by Kosovo authorities, Julia Luchevnikova had no luggage or any other possessions with her, except some documents, which according to security experts, serve to cover-up her activity.
"In fact, it is strange how she came from Russia by car without any possessions like clothes or luggage. She was in a possession of documents that allegedely show that she works in Russia’s Post Service. However, during a car search, other documents were found and it allegedely served to prove that she was working in a Moscow court. This is known as espionage or intelligence cover-up. Yet, another proof that makes her activity in Kosovo suspicious, is the fact that she has photographed objects of special importance, "says RTK source.
RTK has further learned that Luchevnikova was in possession of a large number of bank cards. She was fined 250 EUR for her offense, but since she had no money with her, she was asked to get it out of the ATM.
However, she neglected the demand, as she was afraid of discovering the eventual transactions that were made through her bank accounts.
Russia is characterized by hiring beautiful spies, so they can be accepted more easily in infiltrated society. The case of Jana Minochkina, who has a wide network of Albanian collaborators in Kosovo and Albania, is the best illustration for this.
Jana Minochkina is married to a citizen of the Republic of Albania L.B and still operates in Kosovo.
"Usually secret agents possess special skills in order to get involved in the society.Depending on their tasks, some of them are engaged in collecting data only, such as the case of Julia who has photographed objects of special importance, and others have the task of expanding the influence by showing off as important figures or helping the community. But the essence of their activities is espionage. Meanwhile their looks, dignified appearance, and beauty are just the bait to come to information faster, " says RTK source.
Russians and Serbs are the best collaborators when it comes to secret services activities.
In the mid-last month, a Belgian military intelligence officer, known as ADIV, was accused of working for Russians.
According to reliable information, the Belgian was caught providing classified information to a Serbian citizen who was working for Russian services.
The Belgian, Clement Vandeborre was the chief of counter-espionage at Belgian services.