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MI5 hiring: British Secret Service looking for intel experts on Russia

Published time: April 27, 2014 15:33
Edited time: June 27, 2014 08:16
The MI5 headquarters in central London (Reuters / David Bebber)

The MI5 headquarters in central London (Reuters / David Bebber)

The UK’s MI5 has decided to beef up its team with more experts on Russia amid the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine. It is now hiring Russian intelligence analysts to monitor intercepted phone calls and emails.

According to the Times’ David Leppard, the British Secret Service is advertising the positions in this week’s newspapers. It can also be easily found on MI5’s official website.

Successful applicants will be tasked with listening to telephone calls in Russian, working with written documents “intercepted under warrant” and providing expert support to investigative officers.

The fluent Russian speakers will be giving “clear analysis in a variety of ways” that, MI5 says, will “help safeguard national security.”

“Your work will enable us to take a well-informed view of potential threats to national security, including terrorism and espionage,” the job description reads.

MI5’s Russian intelligence analysts will be also cooperating with the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, or MI6) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Those who get the job will be paid £30,000 ($50,000) a year.

Aside from fluent Russian, British citizenship or residency is also a must.

MI5’s recruitment comes amid growing tensions between the West and Russia over the political crisis in Ukraine, a former republic of the Soviet Union. While the two sides agree on the necessity of de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine, there is still no agreement on approaches.

While the West is accusing Moscow of attempts to undermine sovereignty of the country, Russia is blaming the US and its European allies for fueling Maidan protests and supporting the coup-appointed Kiev government.

Comments (99)


Max21c 30.04.2014 13:26

They might try knocking on the front door of the Kremlin, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, and even the Spy HQ and talking to them. Might want to send a letter first so that there's some sort of itenerary or agenda for informal discussions. Also Western Elites might try listening for a change.


Ryan Evans 28.04.2014 12:23

Russia wont be too worried. The new recruits will probably be reporting to todays equivalent of Kim Philby, Burgess, Maclean, Blunt etc. MI5 and MI6 probably well penetrated by Russian intelligence.


fran7 28.04.2014 10:49

This is not at all surprising as the UK and USA conspired to rob the Chagos Islanders of their Island home of Diego Garcia. The Islanders have won countless court cases which allow them to return to their Island home but are being kept in exile by the use of archaic UK laws which really are not applicable due to the intimidation used against the Islanders just so USA could build its airbase there on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. UK police are costing the taxpayer millions by laying siege to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London at the behest of the USA government in order to keep Mr Assange a virtual prisoner there.

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