Paper Reports Rise in Russian Spying

BERLIN -- Russia's foreign intelligence services are accelerating efforts to recruit young lawmakers and academics in Germany, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

The German domestic intelligence service, the BfV, has information about efforts by Russian agents to recruit young members of the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, Welt am Sonntag reported Sunday.

Young officials from political parties and foundations were also being targeted for inside information or recruiting those with good career prospects, the newspaper said. It did not identify the source of its information.

The BfV, which stands for the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said on its web site that Russia was among countries that continue to target Germany for intelligence gathering activities.

It also cited China, Iran and North Korea as countries particularly active in this field.

Officials at the BfV were not immediately available for comment.