A married couple from a small town in Germany has been convicted of working as spy agents for Russia for decades.
According to prosecutors, the pair passed on hundreds of EU and NATO documents, firstly to Soviet Union intelligence and later to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.
The couple, whose true identity still hasn’t been revealed, went by the names of Andreas and Heidrun Anschlang.They were sentenced by a court in Stuttgart to six and a half years and five and a half years respectively.They were also fined 500,000 euros
The couple had been in Germany since the late 80s, living mainly in Meckenheim, a town a few miles southwest of Bonn. They used forged papers, and posed as Austrians of Latin American origin.
They were given the documents by their informant, a Dutch diplomat, who was sentenced to 12 years in April .
The information was then reportedly sent via the internet, through satellite communications and placed it in hiding places known as ‘dead drops’
The pair were arrested in October 2011 and went on trial in January 2013.