[dropcap style=”dropcap_style1″ textcolor=”#a60000″ background=”#ffffff” fontweight=”900″]As some of the world’s most powerful businessmen and politicians gather in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, Russia has once again proven that the world must remain vigilant. In a bizarre plot that feels like a Hollywood script, “Swiss officials foiled an apparent spying operation by Russians posing as plumbers” reported Reuters. While police have not confirmed specifics, initial reporting by the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper said “the two Russians were checked by Swiss police in August last year in the ski resort” where the World Economic Forum is being held.
Swiss police said the two men had Russian diplomatic passports and were the subjects of routine identity checks, but they had no reason to detain the men and there was no established connection between the men and the WEF. Not surprisingly, Russia has responded with standard antics. A Russian embassy spokesman dismissed the accusations, saying “Diplomatic passports are given to high-ranking officials, not to manual laborers…I think this was probably a dumb joke.”
Incidents such as this expose a greater concern as to the reach of the ‘Russian State.’ What the two men hoped to accomplish while posing as plumbers has not been determined, although some speculate the WEF is simply an opportunity for Russia to spy on powerful people from various countries which they determine as enemies. President Trump spoke earlier today at the Forum praising America’s economic success.
President Trump said, “when I spoke at this forum two years ago, I told you that we had launched the great American comeback. Today I’m proud to declare that the United States is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before.” He continued, “we’ve regained our stride, we discovered our spirit, and we awakened the powerful machinery of American enterprise. America’s thriving, America’s flourishing, and yes; America is winning again like never before.”