The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution announced that it generally does not comment on such facts, regardless of whether they apply or not.
According to the Die Zeit report, the officials attracted attention because they had taken a conspicuously pro-Russian position in proposals on gas and energy policy.
On issues such as the licensing of Nord Stream 2, the state intervention in Gazprom Germania and the rescue of Uniper, the officials have regularly insisted on an opinion that differs from that of the federal government.
As a result, the Ministry’s management switched on the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which is responsible for counter-espionage.
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution checked the CVs of the suspected ministry officials and found biographical anomalies, in one case a study trip to Russia, according to Berlin sources.
They followed up travel movements and checked whether flights were exclusively for business reasons or whether there were any suspicious detours.
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