Two alleged Russian spies on trial in Germany

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BERLIN — Dead letter drops. Fake papers with cover stories to match. Secret orders by radio from Moscow.

The accusations read like something out of the Cold War but the charges against a couple who went on trial today in the German city of Stuttgart stem primarily from the decades after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag — only the fake names on the fake Austrian passports they used to enter Germany are known — are charged with giving Russia’s foreign intelligence service information on German, EU and NATO security policies and more general details on Russian-German relations.

The pair, thought to be in their 40s or 50s, denied the espionage charges in Stuttgart state court but refused to make any other statements today.

They were charged with spying over 20 years until their arrest in October 2011.

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