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Russian spies in UK 'at cold war levels', says MI5

Russian spies in UK 'at cold war levels', says MI5 --"The number of Russian intelligence officers in London is at the same level as in Soviet times", MI5 says on its website. 29 Jun 2010 The uncovering of the spy ring in the US is unlikely to surprise MI5. In recent years the agency has been building up its counter-espionage arm against Russian and other foreign spies for the first time since the end of the cold war, according to counter-intelligence officials. Though its priority remains the threat from extreme Islamist and al-Qaida inspired terrorism, MI5 officers have been switched to counter more traditional tasks against foreign states whose intentions are considered hostile, officials say.