Russian Spies’ European Hideout: Inside Greece’s Villa Elena

THESSALONIKI – Russian assassins, hidden in a hotel in northern Greece, found refuge under the watch of two Russian-born Czechs who doubled as spies for Russia, according to The Insider.

The hotel, Villa Elena in Halkidiki, a tourist hotspot, served as a hideout for agents of Russia’s military intelligence agency (GRU) while orchestrating attacks across Europe, the report revealed.

Operated by Nikolay and Elena Saposnikov, the hotel shielded members of Unit 29155, the Kremlin’s notorious assassination and sabotage squad, for over 15 years.

“(The couple) are Russian ‘illegals,’ or spies operating without diplomatic cover, who posed as naturalized citizens of Czechia,” The Insider stated.

Unit 29155 orchestrated some of Russia’s infamous hostile acts abroad, including the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and deadly bombings in Czechia in 2014.

While both spouses were involved in espionage, the wife, Saposnikova, 62, was reportedly directly linked to Unit 29155, the report noted.

Despite Czech police reports attributing the 2014 bombings to GRU operatives, Greece’s National Intelligence Service EYP appeared unaware of the spies’ activities, raising questions about their operations and fate.


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This article is part of a continuing series dealing with reports of Greek POWs in Asia Minor in the Thessaloniki newspaper, Makedonia in July 1936.

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