• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Russian 'plans for war on Sweden' cause concern

TT/The Local/at · 7 Apr 2014, 18:25

Published: 07 Apr 2014 12:25 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Apr 2014 18:25 GMT+02:00

"The most serious threat we see right now is war preparations," Säpo chief counter-intelligence analyst Wilhelm Unge said at a press conference on Monday.
 
While stressing that such preparations did not necessarily mean anything dramatic, he said: "It's no secret that Russia is engaged in this. It's a little bit worrying."
 
Unge said Russia's intensified interest in Sweden was evidenced by simulated flight attacks on Swedish targets as well as attempts to recruit spies, increased signals intelligence, and the purchase of a significant number of maps. 
 
"If you weren't carrying out war preparations against Sweden, you probably wouldn't have any military intelligence here. The intelligence service is part of the Russian general staff and just the fact that they are here indicates some kind of intent," he said. 
 
The simulated flight attacks were a particular point of concern for Säpo.
 
"You don't carry out these kinds of things unless you can actually conceive carrying out an attack in the future," Unge added, refusing to go into further details.
 
The news came as part of Säpo's annual intelligence assessment, which also pointed the finger at 14 other countries with espionage interests in Sweden including China and Iran. Russia, however, was revealed to have the strongest presence in Sweden. 
 
Story continues below…
"Russia is the biggest intelligence agent in Sweden. They're interested in everything really - politics, finance, technology, and military information," Unge explained.
 
"It's one of few countries that has a very broad intelligence interest in Sweden."
 
Unge added that the intensified spying was likely a result of Russia's involvement with Ukraine and Crimea, but the analyst remained tight-lipped about further details.

TT/The Local/at (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Sweden won't charge foreign minister over 'queue jump'
Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallström. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström will not be charged over claims she was given special treatment to secure an apartment in Stockholm.

Swedes don’t want to join the euro - now or ever
Euros? Nej tack! Photo: Jens Meyer/AP

We'll keep our krona, thank you very much.

Opinion
'Bigotry is not dead in Sweden – we still need to talk'
Stockholm Pride 2015. Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Sweden still needs to do more to confront intolerance, argues columnist Paul Connolly.

Spotify gains listeners but it's still bleeding cash
Spotify's offices in Stockholm. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

The Swedish streaming giant expanded rapidly last year but hasn't yet turned a profit.

Man facing trial over refugee worker's murder
The man during a preliminary court hearing earlier this year. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

A man accused of killing a worker at a home for young refugees earlier this year has been charged with her murder.

Smombie Swedes hurt in smartphone accidents
Don't text and drive! Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

The injury count of Swedes' tech-addiction revealed.

Interview
'Fika is a coffee break, with emphasis on break'
All pictures from the documentary 'Fika: to have coffee'. Photo: Fabian Schmid

The Local speaks to Zürich-based budding filmmaker Fabian Schmid about why he decided to travel to Sweden to shoot a documentary about the unique Nordic 'fika' concept.

Swedish lay judge quits over Soldiers of Odin link
Soldiers of Odin members photographed in Norway. Photo: NTB scanpix

UPDATED: A Swedish lay judge has stepped down after admitting he patrolled Stockholm with an anti-immigrant vigilante group.

Sweden to launch its first state-funded imam course
Abdulkader Habib, rector of course provider Kista Folk High School. Photo: Caroline Tibell/SVD/TT

A school in Stockholm suburb Kista will provide the course.

Swedes cheer arrival of summer's midnight sun
The Nordic midnight sun. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen/NTB/TT

For the next two months, the sun will never set in the stunning far north of Sweden.

Sponsored Article
How to find student housing in Malmö: 5 tips
National
Is this the most Swedish tattoo ever?
Sponsored Article
'Sweden gives artists the space to follow their dreams'
Gallery
People-watching: May 20th-22nd
National
How to really annoy a Swede abroad
Blog updates

20 May

Editor’s blog, May 20th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Do not mention Abba! Or cuckoo clocks! Our most read article this week was…" READ »

 

17 May

What about “att”? (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! It often seems like the small words are the ones that cause the most confusion.…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
Food, fun, and reliable sun: Summer in Dubrovnik
National
How this war veteran is warming hearts in Sweden
Sponsored Article
How Stockholm startups help new employees feel at home
Gallery
People-watching: May 18th
National
How this Swede's viral ad totally nailed Stockholm's housing crisis
Gallery
Property of the week: Vasastaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Can you afford to live in Stockholm? (Hint: yes)
Lifestyle
The best Swedish cities for dating
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
Gallery
People-watching: May 13th-15th
Culture
BLOG: Eurovision as it happened
Sponsored Article
'Only soft power can defeat radicalism'
National
Why a 116-year-old Swede isn't the world's oldest woman
Sponsored Article
Why Stockholm attracts so many successful researchers
National
Youth unemployment falls in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: May 11th
Sponsored Article
'Sweden gives artists the space to follow their dreams'
Gallery
People-watching: May 6th-8th
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
Politics
Why Sweden's Greens are in free fall
Sponsored Article
Can you afford to live in Stockholm? (Hint: yes)
National
Can these cartoon Swedes help foreigners blend in?
Sponsored Article
Stockholm makes it easier for refugees to meet startups
National
Why this fearless woman is the talk of Sweden
National
Sweden set for sunny weekend
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Vollsjö, Sjöbo
Features
How to be a cool Swede during a hot summer
Gallery
People-watching: April 29th - May 1st
Analysis & Opinion
Why Sweden's fretting about Brexit
National
INTERVIEW: Swedish police officer 'beat me up and used racial slurs'
3,292
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se