Two ‘Russian spies’ caught in Istanbul

Orient Net - Agencies | 2016-04-14 10:34 Damascuss

Two ‘Russian spies’ caught in Istanbul
Two Russian “spies” alleged to be involved in the killing of Chechen militant Abdulvakhid Edelgireyev in Turkey were caught in a joint operation that took six months to prepare by Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and police on April 8 in Istanbul, a report by Daily News has claimed.

The alleged spies, 52-year-old Iurii Anisimov and 55-year-old Aleksandr Smirnov, were caught while they were doing intelligence work for another plot, daily Habertürk reported. The alleged spies, who refused to talk during interrogations, have been arrested.

According to reports, Edelgireyev was approached by a white car, and was then shot and stabbed by assassins in a car on Nov. 1, 2015, in the Kayaşehir district of Istanbul. 

Police operations revealed that the car used was rented 20 days before the assassination by Russian citizen Aleksandr Nasyrov, who arrived in Istanbul on Sep. 11, 2015. 

No press statement was released after the investigation into the Russians. 

Meanwhile, Russian officials told Russia Today that they are in touch with Anisimov and Smirnov.

The Russian Consulate in Istanbul also said the two men denied all accusations, but Turkey had still not informed Russian diplomats of the details of the accusations.