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Russian agents suspected of directing far-right group to mail bombs in Spain

By Edward Wong, Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt

23 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

A NYT investigation reveals how Russian intelligence may be preparing to use terrorist proxy groups in Europe to escalate the conflict with the West. In Spain, they've already fired a "warning shot."

WASHINGTON — American and European officials believe that Russian military intelligence officers directed associates of a white supremacist militant group based in Russia to carry out a recent letter bomb campaign in Spain whose most prominent targets were the prime minister, the defense minister and foreign diplomats, according to U.S. officials.

Spanish and foreign investigators have been looking into who sent six letter bombs in late November and early December to sites mostly in Madrid, including the official residence of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, which also serves as his office; the U.S. and Ukrainian Embassies; and the Defense Ministry. No one was killed in the attacks, which U.S. officials consider terrorism. An employee of the Ukrainian Embassy was injured when one of the packages exploded.

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