The case looks like a spy novel, but now it’s more like a squat. As revealed by our Spanish colleagues from, relayed by , an ex-KGB spy has been squatting in the bedroom of a Spanish couple for over a year. It all goes back to last year, when Maria and Eladio Freijo hosted a man in a guest room they rented out on Airbnb. According to our colleagues, when he arrives in January 2021, there is no reason to believe that he is hiding a certain liability since he speaks Spanish very well, “almost perfect” even according to them where “only the ‘r’ betrayed his origins Russians”.

Except that the man in question, Felipe Turover, now 56, is known for having facilitated Vladimir Putin’s access to power, in particular by denouncing acts of corruption. These were blamed on Boris Yeltsin, former president, and led him to leave his post. According to El Pais, “the scandal culminated on December 31, 1999, in Putin’s ascension to the presidency”, and this is how the story of Vladimir Putin began and that “twenty-two years later, she n is not closed”.


But in addition to his liabilities in this politico-judicial scandal, it is his status today as a squatter and a deadbeat that is making the headlines in the press. According to our colleagues, after a stint in Switzerland, he settled in Spain and already had this reputation. He would even have many debts. He would even have wanted to write a screenplay for Hollywood on his story, detail our colleagues.

But today, a year later, he is still squatting in Maria and Eladio Freijo’s home and hasn’t even paid them rent since September 2021. In the words of El Pais, he reigns in the house “a illusory calm, charged with tensions, worthy of the Cold War”, Felipe Turover benefiting from the slowness of the Spanish deportation procedures to stay at home. The former KGB agent apparently likes to be talked about. In April 2020, journalist Catherine Belton released her book Putin’s People (“Putin’s Men”) where Turover featured prominently. She returned in particular to her help to the current president to get rid of Boris Yeltsin.


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