COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norway’s home safety company mentioned Tuesday it has detained a person who entered the nation as a Brazilian citizen however is suspected of being a Russian spy. A neighborhood court docket ordered him held for 4 weeks.
Martin Bernsen, a spokesman for the Norwegian Police Safety Service, referred to as PST, confirmed a suspected spy had been detained and mentioned the case was ”big,” however didn’t go into particulars.
The person was detained Monday within the Arctic metropolis of Tromsoe, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK mentioned, including that investigators imagine he was in NATO-member Norway underneath a false title and identification whereas working for one among Russia’s intelligence companies.
Norwegian Police Safety Service deputy chief Hedvig Moe advised NRK that the person had been primarily based on the Arctic College of Norway in Tromsoe as “a Brazilian researcher” and could be expelled from the Scandinavian nation, “as a result of we imagine he represents a menace to basic nationwide pursuits.”
The safety service, referred to as PST, “is worried that he could have acquired a community and details about Norway’s coverage within the northern area,” Moe mentioned, in line with NRK. “Even when this community or the data little by little isn’t a menace to the safety of the dominion, we’re apprehensive that the data may very well be misused by Russia.”
Moe advised NRK that the Norwegian company has collaborated with different unspecified nations’ safety companies.
“Worldwide cooperation is necessary within the work with illegals as a result of they’re very cautious and are sometimes good at hiding and working for a very long time within the nation,” Moe was quoted by NRK as saying.
In a press release, Arctic College of Norway administrator Jørgen Fossland mentioned the particular person in query was “a visitor lecturer” on the faculty. Fossland referred different inquiries to the safety service.
The lecturer was apprehended Monday on his technique to his job, NRK mentioned.
The person who has neither Russian nor Norwegian citizenship, arrived in Norway in 2021, and has researched the northern areas and hybrid threats, Norwegian media wrote. Norway’s Arctic border with Russia is 198 kilometers (123 miles) lengthy.
His lawyer, Thomas Hansen, advised the VG newspaper the person denies any wrongdoing. The person was Tuesday detained for 4 weeks earlier than a neighborhood court docket, VG reported.
A number of Russian residents have been detained in Norway in current weeks. They embody three males and a lady who have been seen allegedly taking pictures in central Norway of objects coated by a pictures ban. They’ve since been launched.
European nations have heightened safety round key power, web and energy infrastructure following underwater explosions that ruptured two pure gasoline pipelines within the Baltic Sea that have been constructed to ship Russian gasoline to Germany.
The broken Nord Stream pipelines off Sweden and Denmark discharged big quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gasoline, into the air.