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Germany Reveals Alleged Russian Spies' Names

RIA Novosti

23:30 11/06/2013

STUTTGART, June 11 (RIA Novosti) – Prosecutors believe they have uncovered the real names of German-based agents accused of spying for Russia, who are on trial in Stuttgart.

German prosecutors announced in their closing speech on Tuesday that the spies, codenamed Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag, known to their spymasters in Moscow as Pit and Tina, were in fact Alexander and Olga.

The spies' alleged names were revealed after prosecutors studied their photo archives, which had a photo made in 1990s signed as "To Olya [Olga] and Sasha [Alexander]. Prosecutors have been still unable to uncover the spies' real surnames

The couple was arrested in Germany in October 2011 and was accused of spying for Russia for over 20 years. The husband claimed he was born in Argentina and moved to Mexico at the age of six, where he lived until 1980s.

"This is not true. The Mexican authorities confirm this. Until 1984 he [Andreas Anschlag] had studied at a KGB school," Prosecutor Wolfgang Sigmund told the court.

The Anschlags' fortune was estimated at some 690,000 euros ($916, 000) when they were detained, the prosecutor said.

Jurors are expected to announce the final verdict on July 2. Andreas Anschlag could face seven years and six months in jail, while his wife could get four years and six months behind bars.

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