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Japan reveals Russia's 'dark power' in SoftBank spy incident

Surprise move aimed at checking Kremlin's espionage ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been in power for 20 years, during which time Russia's intelligence organizations have grown vastly.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Russian espionage that targeted Japanese telecom SoftBank was recently revealed publicly by the Japanese government -- an unexpected move given Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent diplomatic overtures to Moscow.

The case, which involved the theft of classified information, was made public amid repeated reports of Russian espionage and covert actions in Europe.

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