Norway suspects 'Brazilian scientist' of espionage, most likely Russian - Ukrainian news, Politics

Norway suspects ‘Brazilian scientist’ of espionage, most likely Russian – Ukrainian news, Politics

In Norway, a Brazilian citizen was arrested on suspicion of espionage, who may be Russian and works for Russian intelligence. This is reported NRK.

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As noted, a Brazilian citizen was detained on his way to work in Tromso.

The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) suspects that the detainee is in the country under a false name and identity, that he is in fact Russian and works for Russian intelligence.

“We have requested that a Brazilian researcher from the University of Tromsø, Norway’s Arctic University, be expelled from Norway as we believe he poses a threat to fundamental national interests,” PST assistant chief Hedwig Moe said.

As noted, this is the first time in Norway that the PST has arrested someone they believe is an illegal immigrant.

The man came to Norway with a research project at the University of Tromso in autumn 2021. Here, among other things, he researched the northern region and hybrid threats.

The PST is concerned that he may have obtained information about Norway’s policy in the northern region, which poses a threat to the security of the kingdom.

  • In February 2022, the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority banned Russian citizens from flying aircraft and unmanned devices in Norway. The law also prohibits aircraft registered and operated in Russia from landing, taking off or flying over Norway.
  • On October 16, it was reported that Norwegian police had arrested a Russian who had launched a drone over Tromso Airport.
  • On October 17, the number of Russians detained in Norway for such a violation reached six.
  • On October 19, a Russian citizen was detained in Hammerfest, Norway for illegally using a drone in Svalbard. The detainee is the son of the former head of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin.

Natalia Medvedeva

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