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UK has upper hand as Russian intelligence gathering set to suffer

Britain appears to have the upper hand, at least for now, in the diplomatic showdown arising from Russia's alleged responsibility in a nerve-gas attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter.

And there is little doubt that Russia's intelligence-gathering activities and its broader diplomatic machinery will be hit by the largest internationally coordinated expulsion of Russian diplomats in modern history.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2018, with the headline 'UK has upper hand as Russian intelligence gathering set to suffer'. Print Edition | Subscribe