The Russian leader, Vladimir Putin has been accused of forming secret "battle groups" in western countries including Germany ready to strike at any moment. The allegations also claim the army of sleepers is trained in martial arts and knife fighting as taught to Russia's special forces units.
Mr Reitschuster says the commanders of this secret army are drawn from GRU military intelligence and elite WDW airborn troops, adding: "This fighting force in enemy territory is a mainstay in Putin's hidden war against the West."
He claimed the Russian paramilitaries, now hold "real manoeuvres in the Swiss mountains, operate across borders and are particularly strong in Czech Republic where they mostly exercise." He said the recruits, who can be activated at a moment's notice, all receive Russian passports and receive training in sabotage and handling explosives.
Moscow is furious at the US and NATO for locating a new missile defence system which would shoot down all his nukes.