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Russia ‘busts satellite spy ring’

Russia ‘busts satellite spy ring’

MOSCOW: Russia has uncovered a group of spy satellites, the head of its space command said in a film broadcast on Sunday, which warned of “enemy” satellites that could masquerade as space junk.

“Very recently, specialists of the department of space intelligence centre uncovered a newly created group of space satellites... made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory,” said the commander of Russian Space Command, Oleg Maidanovich.

Space Command is a division of the military responsible for warning of missile and air strikes and controlling Russia’s defence satellites.




Maidanovich declined to say which country or countries the satellites belonged to.

The film — called “Space Special Forces” — was shown on defence ministry channel Zvezda as Russia marked “Space Day”, commemorating the space flight of Yury Gagarin on April 12, 1961.

The 40-minute movie is “dedicated to the war for space, the battles of spy satellites,” the channel’s website says, echoing the language of 1980s space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Published in Dawn, April 13th, 2015

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