It would hardly be surprising if the eight Russians NATO expelled were indeed gathering intelligence, but we cannot know for sure. The most likely scenario is that everyone at NATO, Russian or not, is working as some kind of intelligence operative for his respective country.
Russia is right to end the illusion of dialogue and partnership when the reality is the other party is cynically offering to shake hands while trying to piss down your leg.
Media reports revealed that US President Joe Biden proposed the resumption of interdepartmental contacts in the cybersphere in the first half of 2022 after a number of large American energy and industrial companies were attacked by ransomware viruses. US authorities claim that the origins of the attacks were from Russia-based hacker groups like Evil Corp., TrickBot and REvil.
Biden and his hawks should pause to think where they’re trying to take the world, and consider an approach that could lead to compromise.