A man has been arrested in the UK on suspicion of spying for Vladimir Putin while trying to flee from Gatwick airport, it has been reported.
On Monday (June 13), the man, aged in his 40's, was detained at the South London airport under the Official Secrets Act and remains in police custody.
Speaking to the Daily Star, the Met Police declined to give any further justification for the man's arrest or provide an update on any charges he may have given.
A spokesman said: "We can confirm that officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command arrested a man in his 40s at Gatwick airport on Monday 13 June on suspicion of offences under section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1911.
"He has been taken to a London police station, where he currently remains in police custody."
Police also declined to release information on where the suspect may have been trying to fly to as interviewing continues.
Should the reports be true and one of Putin's spies has been captured, it would be the latest setback in the dictator's calamitous invasion with some sources claiming he has already been usurped at the Kremlin.
Mikhail Kasyanov, Russia's Prime Minister from 2000-2004, worked closely with Putin during his first stint as president.
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But he claims that the former KGB agent is “out of it”.
He said: "When I saw the meeting of Russia's Security Council I realised, yes, there will be a war. I just know these people and by looking at them I saw that Putin is already out of it. Not in a medical sense but in political terms — I knew a different Putin."
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