The Russian military was previously considered the second most formidable globally, but this perception has shifted since the onset of the conflict in Ukraine. Recent reports suggest that Russia has committed another significant blunder.
According to sources, Russian authorities unintentionally disclosed the locations of their clandestine military facilities, intelligence residences, and institutions. These sensitive addresses were uncovered within a lengthy 434-page document titled “Special Group,” by the Dossier Center.
This center is an initiative initiated by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Russian oligarch living in exile. The document contained information about apartments linked to Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service and revealed the whereabouts of residences belonging to secret service agents working for Russian President Vladimir Putin, GRU officers, and others.
Numerous structures and installations were situated within Serebryany Bor, a park situated in the northwestern part of Moscow. This region is also home to opulent residences owned by Russian oligarchs and prominent government figures.It’s important to note that, according to legal regulations, these addresses are meant to be classified as state secrets.
Surprisingly, the document containing these sensitive addresses was made available on the official website of Moscow City Hall. Moscow’s Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, granted his approval for its publication. The document bore the signatures of Andrey Kovalev, the director of the energy provider Mosenergosbyt, and Vyacheslav Torsunov, who oversees the country’s housing and communal services department.
Moscow has refrained from providing any official statement regarding the unauthorized disclosure of this information. The origin of the document’s online publication remains uncertain. While it was widely recognized that law enforcement entities possessed properties within the park, the revelation that these properties were affiliated with counterintelligence and intelligence agencies was not publicly acknowledged.
Placing this information on the internet opens up the possibility for Ukraine to potentially pinpoint Russian military targets. The government’s concerns extend beyond just the Ukrainian military; there is also the prospect of opposition forces within Russia taking advantage of this situation. Alongside the addresses of personnel from different agencies, the document also includes the location of an ammunition depot in the Leningrad Region. Following the news of these addresses being exposed to the public, the website hosting the information was swiftly removed, and the document is no longer accessible on the internet.