Two weeks in Austrian Defence | Aug 6

In Blog, English by Bernhard Völkl

Arrest warrant for Russian spy handler >>> Desaster relief

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Austrian authorities have put out a warrant for one Igor Egorovich Zaytsev, 65, suspected handler of an Austrian former colonel arrested on charges of espionage late last year. The Austrian police has stated that ‘The GRU handler is suspected of inducing a retired 70-year-old colonel of the Austrian army to carry out an intelligence operation to the detriment of Austria, to reveal state secrets and to deliberately give up military secrets.’ The good colonel, meanwhile, remains in custody.

In other news

  • Bundesheer engineers were deployed for disaster relief operations following heavy rains and mudslides in Salzburg state in late July, with a swept-away bridge replaced in early August.
  • While  budget woes make it seem that most of the Armed Forces are going to the dogs, a few paw recruits reported for duty in late July. Welcome to the pog pug life!

Header image: Austrian Armed Forces /Pusch

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Bernhard Völkl


Bernhard is a reserve officer in the Austrian Armed Forces and works in e-commerce.

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Chiara Libiseller

Chiara Libiseller


Chiara Libiseller is a doctoral candidate and Teaching Assistant at the War Studies Department, King’s College London. Her research traces the evolution of contemporary military concepts to understand broader patterns and fashions in the ways Anglo-American scholars and military professionals study and understand war. Her broad interests include military strategy, military history as well as Austrian and European defence.