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Russia | The Guardian: The ‘ordinary’ family at No 35: suspected Russian spies await trial in Slovenia

Couple arrested with huge amount of cash and history of extensive European travel now allegedly pawns in diplomatic game between Moscow and the west

Maria Mayer and Ludwig Gisch settled in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, in 2017, with their two young children. People who met the couple tended to like them; the new arrivals from Latin America were friendly but never overbearing, inquisitive but never pushy.

Maria opened an online art gallery, while Ludwig ran an IT startup. They told friends that a nagging fear of street crime at home in Argentina had prompted their move to Europe. Peaceful, mountainous Slovenia offered a refreshing change of pace.

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