Parliament to review security routines

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Administrators at the Norwegian Parliament say they will be “reviewing their routines” regarding security procedures and access to the building, after a Russian participant in a seminar last week was arrested and charged with espionage. 

“I can’t go into specific measures, but this incident prompts us to make a general review of routines tied to visitors and seminars held inside Stortinget (the Parliament), and see if there’s something we should improve,” Marianne Andreassen, director of the Parliament, told news bureau NTB on Tuesday.

She said she and her staff “are in a process where we’re going through our regulations. I can’t say today what will come out of that.”

Investigators from both Norway’s police intelligence agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) and the national security authority NSM have been conducting “technical examinations” of equipment and searching for any electronic listening or surveillance devices that may have been planted in the building. Printers were cordoned off on Monday and reportedly will now be replaced. staff