Russia's FSB security service on Tuesday said it had unmasked a Georgian spying on preparations for the Olympic Games and plotting ‘subversive activities,' news agencies reported. "The Russian FSB uncovered and halted an agent of the Georgian security services, illegally trespassing on Russian territory with the aim of carrying out reconnaissance and subversive activities," an FSB spokesman said. Tbilisi denied that the man was one of its agents and accused Moscow of tit-for-tat retaliation after Georgian authorities detained a Russian youth activist last week. Russian counterintelligence said the Georgian agent had entered the country in 2007 on a Ukrainian passport and was undercover as the owner of an Internet cafe in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"He was directed to gather information on the socio-political situation in the region, and on the preparation for the Olympic Games," the FSB source was quoted as saying by Interfax and RIA-Novosti.