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Katrin Ivanova caught living in suburban London

BY Anas Shah Aug 15, 2023. 08:24 pm UPDATED: Aug 15, 2023. 08:24 pm

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A GLAMOROUS alleged Russian spy who was discovered living in suburban London “gave cake and pies” to her neighbors.

Katrin Ivanova, 31, and Bizer Dzhambazov, 41, are believed to have moved to Harrow, north-west London, more than ten years ago.

 Katrin Ivanova

 Katrin Ivanova

The pair appeared to be living a regular suburban life, with neighbors telling the BBC that Dzhambazov and Ivanova brought over pies and cakes as gifts.

Dzhambazov apparently worked as a hospital driver, while Ivanova worked as a laboratory assistant in the private sector.

They also maintained a community organization that provided services to Bulgarians, introducing and assisting them in understanding the “culture and norms of British society.”

The couple is also said to have worked for electoral commissions in London, which let Bulgarian nationals living abroad vote in the country’s elections.

They were detained under the Official Secrets Act by counter-terrorism officers in February, along with 45-year-old Orlin Roussev, and have been held in custody since.

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The three are suspected of working with Russian security agencies.

This comes as cops search the couple’s house this week.

Meanwhile, Roussev, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, is claimed to have a long history of doing business in Russia.

He relocated to the United Kingdom in 2009 and has worked in financial services.

Roussev’s most recent address is indicated as a coastal guest home.

The three Bulgarians are accused of possessing identity credentials with “improper intent.”

Passports and IDs are available for the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, and the Czech Republic.

They are scheduled to stand trial in January at the Old Bailey and have yet to enter a formal plea to the accusations.

Russia has already targeted Britain, most notably with the nerve toxin assault on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

They were discovered in a “catatonic state” sprawled on a bench and spent weeks seriously unwell in hospital.

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The attackers are Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, who were later determined to be using aliases and whose real names were Dr Alexander Mishkin and Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga.

The couple curiously claimed to be interested in local history, complimenting Salisbury Cathedral for its “123-metre spire and clock, one of the first ever created in the world that is still working.”

The seemingly benign narrative of Dzhambazov and Ivanova has a striking resemblance to the arrest of accused Russian agents Sergey Skvortsov and his wife Elena Koulkova in Sweden.

The pair was well-known and liked by their neighbors before being swooped by special cops in two Black Hawk helicopters.

Both are thought to have been working as spies for Putin for almost a decade, hidden in plain sight as ordinary residents.

Ex-MI6 agent Julian Richards stated in November that Moscow has grown so efficient at spying in the UK that intelligence agencies “don’t know” how many rogue operators are operating in the country.

 Katrin Ivanova

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