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Indian girl caught spying in Estonia?

An Indian female research scholar was grilled by the Baltic State of Estonia's secret police over suspicion of technological espionage,according to a media report today.

Written by Agencies | Moscow |
May 6, 2010 4:01:52 pm

An Indian female research scholar was grilled by the Baltic State of Estonia’s secret police over suspicion of technological espionage,according to a media report today.

“The KAPO secret police evinced interest in one of the folklorists from India,who recently joined the Tartu University for her doctorate,” Estonian daily ‘Eesti Paevaleht’ reported.

Birute Klaas,pro-rector of the country’s oldest Tartu University,said she had heard about the incident.

“I have heard about this incident,when KAPO had interrogated the female research scholar from India,doing her doctorate,” Klaas was quoted as saying by the Estonian daily.

However,no other details were immediately available,including the identity of the Indian scholar or when the incident took place.

The Eesti Paevaleht daily said that the KAPO secret police in its report for 2009 had noted that some Asian countries and Russia were taking ‘special interest’ in Estonia’s achievements in IT,biotechnology and defence research.

“Foreign intelligence agencies are showing their maximum interest in Estonia’s transport and energy sector,as well as are paying attention to biotechnological and defence research,” the daily quoted excerpts of the KAPO report.

According to Estonian Education Ministry they are receiving maximum number of applications from China and India for admission to courses in biotechnology and information technology.

“Its normal,that we need to keep an eye on how close access they get to our sensitive scientific work,” an official of the Education Ministry told over phone from Tallinn.

Estonia along two other Baltic States Latvia and Lithuania was occupied by the USSR on the eve of World War II under secret pact with Nazi Germany and was freed months before the Soviet collapse in 1991.

Since then it has joined NATO and EU.

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