British intelligence urgently in search of Russian-speaking staff
10 June 2014, 17:26 -- If you are young, jobless, speak Russian and live in the UK, you have a great career opportunity – amid the Ukrainian crisis British intelligence has revealed that there is a shortage of Russian speakers in the Armed Forces, The Telegraph writes citing a document it obtained.
Due to the recent cuts in funding and downsizing in the military not so many Russian experts are left, so now senior military intelligence staff has to ask intelligence veterans for help, according to documents seen by The Telegraph.
As Cold War threats are long gone and after 9/11 attacks, the UK has shifted its focus to China, the Middle East and Asia, the only Russian experts remaining are in their 60s, who can hardly provide useful insight into modern-day Russia.
'Britain no longer has the capability to deal with the Russian threat and everybody in the business knows it,' an intelligence source told The Telegraph
Meanwhile, previously trained Russian-speaking experts have complained that after the change of political course they were openly derided and treated like a 'language club.' Many of them were sacked during the 2004 Ministry of Defense cuts caused by underfunding.
Now it's time to triumph – the Commons' defense select committee has some 700 vacancies and is urgently hiring Russian-speaking experts, as well as translators and media personnel fearing another Cold War.
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