Photographs launched from contained in the flat of suspected spy David Smith, 57, present he was studying a John Le Carre Chilly Battle novel, had a eager curiosity in navy historical past and saved a number of Russian flags
Picture: Phil Harris)
The house of the person accused of betraying British secrets and techniques to Russia is a weird shrine to the Soviet state, it has emerged.
David Smith, 57, is at the moment languishing in a German cell accused of promoting secrets and techniques to the Russians.
However in his quiet nook of Potsdam, a metropolis on the sting of the sprawling capital Berlin, he was well-known for his love of all issues Russian.
Photos taken inside his modest floor ground flat present it affected by all the things from the fashionable Russian flag to bookshelves stacked with tomes on the historical past of the nation and it is battles in WWII.
There are additionally books in regards to the Nazis together with two on Hitler’s dreaded SS twelfth Panzer Division which dedicated warfare crimes.
These are bizarrely squeezed alongside teddy bears and spy novels by John le Carr é and books by notorious conspiracy theorist David Icke.
Every day Mirror)
Exterior the flat Smith’s previous, battered, silver Ford Fiesta stays nonetheless parked and it was pointed put how his licence plate confirmed off his obsession with Russia.
It learn B:RU1801, which it was speculated might be a nod to Russia and the 12 months Tsar Alexander I got here to energy throughout the Napoleonic Wars.
He’s a hero within the nation for ousting Napoleon from Russia and is worshipped in sure far proper circles.
Different memorabilia on present inside his flat included Soviet navy caps displaying hammer and sickle emblems on a purple star surrounded by a wreath.
There are additionally navy insignias of the Russian Baltic, Black Sea, Northern, and Pacific fleets, and a Russian navy insignia which partially reads ‘technical battalion’.
The 57-year-old’s residence was the topic of a search lasting hours as particular officers collected proof, and discovering John Le Carre’s Chilly Battle spy novel A Homicide of High quality and no less than three Soviet navy caps.
A Soviet-era navy hat could be seen on the pinnacle of a cuddly toy Rottweiler canine.
Photographs additionally present different memorabilia contains insignias of the Russian Baltic, Black Sea, Northern, and Pacific fleets, and a Russian navy insignia.
Smith had First World Battle historical past books, together with a number of in German, and Purple Partisan – a memoir of a Soviet resistance fighter behind enemy traces in WW2.
Different titles on his e-book cabinets had been A Navy Historical past of Germany, Für Volk and Führer: The Memoir of a Veteran of the first SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte, The Somme, Dieppe 1942, Antony Beevor’s Berlin, Fighters and Bombers, Jap Entrance Fight, For The Homeland, Frontline Ukraine, and Purple Highway from Stalingrad.
The biography of Reinhard Heydrich – the SS official and fundamental instigator behind the Holocaust – was additionally seen, as was Operation Bodenplatte in regards to the Luftwaffe’s final ditch assault on Allied air forces in 1945.
The flat contained loads of different non-military objects, together with three volumes of books on embroidery and others on psychology and one titled Intercourse. The Full Illustrated Information. There was additionally a PlayStation.
It comes after reviews describing Smith as a “bald, stocky” man who holds “excessive” far proper views.
Neighbours have stated he’s “pleasant, smiley and well mannered”, and drives a Ford Fiesta.
He was seized on Tuesday in a joint operation by British Counter Terror Command and German safety operatives.
He’s suspected of promoting secret paperwork from the embassy to Russian spies for cash and is believed to have come below suspicion from MI5.
Sources stated the operation to arrest him was “intelligence-led” and took a number of weeks.
He appeared earlier than an investigating choose on the Federal Courtroom of Justice in Karlsruhe on Wednesday the place he was ordered to stay below arrest pending additional inquiries.