Russian woman arrested for assisting German spy

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 26, 2010 10:00 hrs

, June 26 (IANS) A Russian woman accused of assisting a suspected German spy and who has been living in India without legal documents has been arrested, police said Saturday.

Oliga Timoshik, in her early 30s, was arrested by Punjab Police from Jaipur and is currently in three days of police remand.

'She is a close aid of a suspected German spy Thomas Kuehn. He was arrested last month from Nangal town as he was living here without visa documents and a passport,' H.S. Hundal, deputy superintendent of police, Nangal in Ropar district, told IANS Saturday.

'During the interrogation, he told police that his Russian girl-friend had taken away his passport to Nepal. We scrutinized his e-mails and tracked the girl in Jaipur. Her visa had expired and the police have seized her mobile phone and documents,' Hundal added.

According to a source, the Russian woman 'told the police that she is a freelance writer she was sending news stories from India to the newspapers of several other countries. She is also changing her statements at regular intervals.'

She has been allowed to talk to Russian embassy officials, her lawyer and relatives twice a day in the presence of the investigating officer.