US News Federal Prosecutor's Office suing Germans for espionage for Russia

14:03  25 february  2021
14:03  25 february  2021 Source:   spiegel.de

Drastic price increases possible: Federal government also wants to raise tobacco tax on e-cigarettes

 Drastic price increases possible: Federal government also wants to raise tobacco tax on e-cigarettes With the tax increase, all tobacco products are likely to become more expensive. In the end, even classic cigarettes could be cheaper than their e-competitors. © Friso Gentsch / dpa Significant increase in price. The federal government's tax plans are expected to bring in billions of euros. The federal government wants to turn the tobacco tax again for the first time in six years. It is aiming for additional income in the double-digit billion range over a period of five years.

An employee of a company commissioned by the German Bundestag is said to have passed on floor plans to Russian intelligence services. The Attorney General accuses him of being an agent.

  Bundesanwaltschaft klagt Deutschen wegen Spionage für Russland an © DAVID GANNON / AFP

The federal prosecutor's office has brought charges against a man for "secret service agent activity". The authority announced this in a message .

The German citizen Jens F. worked accordingly for a company that carried out "inspections of portable electrical devices in the properties used by the Bundestag " on behalf of the German Bundestag. The accused had access to PDF files in which the floor plans of the buildings mentioned could be seen, the Federal Prosecutor said.

Attacks of November 2015: 14 people tried in Belgium

 Attacks of November 2015: 14 people tried in Belgium © Provided by Le Point Attacks Q uatorze alleged accomplices of jihadist commandos who attacked Paris on November 13, 2015 were sent back to a criminal court in Belgium on Wednesday, announced the Belgian Federal Prosecutor's Office. READ ALSO Abdeslam trial: "Here, we do not shoot to flee, we shoot to kill" These are suspects not retained in the French procedure.

employees of the Russian embassy are said to have received data carriers.

Jens F. decided "between the end of July 2017 and the beginning of September 2017 at the latest" to "pass on the information to the Russian intelligence services" - and that was "on his own initiative" it further. The accused had sent a data carrier with the PDF files to an employee in the Russian embassy in Berlin, who worked full-time for the Russian military intelligence service GRU .

The prosecution did not provide any further details on the case. The State Security Senate of the Berlin Higher Regional Court is now responsible for examining the indictment and deciding whether to open a main hearing.

Federal and state governments decide step-by-step plan for openings from corona lockdown .
Federal government and states have agreed on a five-step plan for easing the corona requirements. As early as next Monday, the retail trade in regions with an incidence value of below 50 should be allowed to reopen, as Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) announced on Wednesday evening after nine hours of deliberations by the federal and state governments. With incidence values ​​between 50 and 100, customers are only allowed to come after booking an appointment in advance.

usr: 3
This is interesting!