Yuri Shevchenko, a veteran of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, suggested that he received the title of Hero of Russia for the extraction of almost a third of all information according to NATO plans.
“There was a period when the top management of our service said: “Listen, you give 30% of all documentary information on NATO and on the main enemy of the entire intelligence of the Soviet Union. Probably for this,” he said on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel, quoted by Russian RT.com.
In January, the SVR press bureau published the biographical data of seven illegal Russian intelligence officers, whose names were previously declassified. Yuri Shevchenko was among them.
As it was specified, he obtained valuable information, including those with the highest classification of secrecy.
According to the head of the department, Sergei Naryshkin, the number of active employees of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia abroad is sufficient to solve problems of preventing external threats.