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Russian journalist seen ‘behaving suspiciously’ at UK military base

Russian journalist seen ‘behaving suspiciously’ at UK military base

A Russian journalist was monitored for “suspicious behaviour” close to a British military base, the Ministry of Defence has said. Timur Siraziev was seen repeatedly passing the 77th Brigade’s barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire, the Mail on Sunday reported. The newspaper said he had been recorded by the base’s security cameras and had been seen filming…

A Russian journalist was monitored for “suspicious behaviour” close to a British military base, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Timur Siraziev was seen repeatedly passing the 77th Brigade’s barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire, the Mail on Sunday reported. The newspaper said he had been recorded by the base’s security cameras and had been seen filming close to the perimeter fence.

Siraziev is listed on the Russian embassy website as bureau chief for television station Channel One.

A senior army source said: “Timur Siraziev’s suspicious behaviour was monitored by the base’s security systems throughout.”

The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “We take the security of our bases and personnel incredibly seriously. If a member of the public sees anyone acting suspiciously in or around a military base it should be reported to the police as a matter of urgency.”

The 77th Brigade is a regular and reserve unit that aims to “challenge the difficulties of modern warfare using non-lethal engagement and legitimate non-military levers as a means to adapt behaviours of the opposing forces and adversaries”, according to the British army website.

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