Suspected Norwegian spy may be sent to Siberia

Not even the defense attorney for former Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg thinks Berg will be acquitted on the espionage charges he faces in Moscow. Now fears are rising that Berg will not only be convicted by a Russian court but also sent to a prison in Siberia. “Acquittal in this case is probably an […]

Kirkenes rallies to ‘bring Frode home’

Christmas Eve services at the church in Norway’s northern town of Kirkenes broke into unusual and spontaneous applause, when the pastor leading them called for the release of local resident Frode Berg from a Moscow prison. Berg faces serious charges of espionage after he was arrested by Russian security police, but now claims he was […]

Norwegian isolated in Moscow jail

Retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg continues to languish in a Moscow jail, after the 62-year-old resident of Kirkenes was arrested on espionage charges earlier this month. His family has succeeded in hiring a respected Russian attorney to defend him, but remained in despair heading into the Christmas holidays. Berg is being held amidst so […]

Ex-border guard accused of spying

A 62-year-old Norwegian who recently retired after 24 years as an inspector at the Russian-Norwegian border is reportedly being held in prison in Moscow as a suspected spy. Norwegian foreign ministry officials said they haven’t received any formal charges from their Russian counterparts and thus couldn’t comment further. “We will continue to follow his case […]

Norway trounces Russia, at least in handball

Norwegian media outlets were having a field day on Thursday, giving prominent coverage to how Norway’s popular women’s national handball team trounced Russia’s team in World Championship action in Germany Wednesday night. The Norwegian women beat their Russian counterparts by a score of 34-17 in the quarter-finals, after what media commentators called “majestic” play. State […]

Russians guided around F35 base

Norway’s newly expanded Ørland Air Force Base has been kept mostly off limits for Norwegian photo-journalists and many others, but Russian officers were given a tour of it last week. The tour can be viewed as an important move towards easing recent tensions between Norway and Russia, while newspaper Aftenposten described it as a “paradox.” Defense […]

Debate rises over Russian defense

NEWS ANALYSIS: A new report from the Norwegian defense department’s own research institute highlights four reasons why Russia has become more dangerous for Norway, and two reasons why it hasn’t. A senior researcher at Norway’s foreign policy institute NUPI, meanwhile, is challenging Norway’s new defense and foreign ministers to evaluate whether current policies actually improve […]

Helicopter wreckage set to be retrieved

A remote-controlled submarine sent to Svalbard by the Norwegian military has located the wreckage of a Russian helicopter that crashed into the sea off Barentsburg in the Arctic island group last week. All eight on board the helicopter are presumed dead. Around 40 Russian search and rescue experts including 17 divers arrived in Barentsburg on […]

Search widened for missing helicopter

UPDATED: The search continued on Friday for a Russian MI-8 helicopter with eight people on board that crashed into the sea just off Svalbard’s Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg late Thursday afternoon. Norwegian authorities mounted a major search and rescue operation, but it’s believed the helicopter sank to the seafloor. The search was expanded Friday […]

Russians jammed flights’ GPS

Norway’s military intelligence unit (Forsvarets Etterretningstjeneste) confirmed to state broadcaster NRK on Friday that Russian military training exercises taking place across the border from Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark last month jammed the on-board global positioning systems (GPS) of airline flights from both SAS and Widerøe. The Russians reportedly were practicing electronic warfare when the […]