Disinfo: The spy recording is years old and does not show a Serbian military officer


Video recording where a Russian intelligence officer allegedly gives money to a Serbian officer is several years old. In addition, the person claimed to be a Serbian official with the officer rank is not a member of local security forces. In other words, it is a civilian who, most likely, was trading in business information.


No evidence given for either of the claims. It was later officially confirmed that the recording was taken in December 2018, not several years ago. The Military Security Agency has also confirmed that the second person in the video is a retired Serbian military official, who was, at the time, already being investigated for contacts with foreign intelligence services. A spokesperson for the Serbian Security Agency has confirmed the authenticity of the video.


  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian, Bosnian
  • Country: Serbia, Russia
  • Keywords: GRU, Intelligence services


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