Norwegian spy ‘cast to the wolves’

Frode Berg, the Norwegian charged with espionage in Russia, was ordered held in a Moscow jail for another two months on Friday. His wife back home in Kirkenes, meanwhile, claims Berg has been “cast to the wolves” by Norwegian officials who allegedly recruited him as a courier, only to refuse to acknowledge any connection to […]

GPS jamming raises more alarms

Police in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark are now issuing warnings that Russian jamming of GPS signals can threaten security and emergency preparedness in Norway. The warnings come after the Norwegian military confirmed that the latest wave of GPS jamming had been traced to Russian ground troops on the Kola Peninsula. Russian officials have long […]

Lavrov likely to re-visit Finnmark next year

Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t expected to take part in next year’s 75th anniversary of the Soviet liberation of Finnmark from Nazi German forces in 1944. His foreign minister Sergej Lavrov, however, is likely to attend, just like he did on the 70th anniversary in 2014. Northern Norway remains grateful to the Soviet Army for […]

Russia reacts to NATO’s exercises

Two Russian bomber jets flew along Norway’s coastline as far south as Bergen on Wednesday before they turned around after being met by Norwegian fighter jets. The flights were viewed as another direct reaction to NATO’s huge military exercises that began in Norway last week. Russian officials have also announced that they’ll be conducting missile-launching […]

Norwegian still held on spying charges

A city court in Moscow ordered on Tuesday that Frode Berg, the retired border inspector from Kirkenes, be held in prison until December 5. Then it will be a year since Berg was arrested during a weekend holiday visit to Moscow, and charged with delivering cash and documents on behalf of Norwegian intelligence. Berg has […]

Russia suddenly turns agreeable

Norwegian and Russian negotiators have shaken hands on new fishing quotas in the Barents Sea, agreeing on how much cod, halibut and other fish each can catch. Russian President Vladimir Putin also turned complimentary last week, when meeting Norway’s new ambassador in Moscow. “We want to develop a productive cooperation with our neighbour Norway,” Putin […]

Russian spy suspect released

A security expert for the Russian Parliament (Duma) who was arrested on espionage charges in Oslo last month was a free man on Friday. Mikhail Botsjkarjov was released from custody and claimed he holds no grudge against Norwegian authorities. Botsjkarjov was stopped at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen after he’d attended an EU-sponsored seminar held […]

Oslo court orders alleged spy’s release

A court in Oslo didn’t go along on Thursday with a request by Norway’s police intelligence service PST to keep an alleged Russian spy in custody any longer. Mikhail Botsjkarjov, a Russian security expert at Russia’s parliament in Moscow, said he now wants to travel home as soon as possible. PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) had sought to […]

Russians call spy charges ‘extortion’

Russian officials reacted angrily once again on Thursday after a court in Oslo agreed to hold a Russian man charged with spying in custody for at least two more weeks. A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman called the charges “pure extortion” aimed at freeing a Norwegian held for spying in Moscow. “We demand that all false […]

Russians keep Norwegian in jail

A stand-off over alleged spying on each other continued between Russia and Norway this week. A court in Moscow ordered a former Norwegian border inspector charged with espionage to be held for at least two more months, just days after a Norwegian court ordered that a Russian charged with spying in Oslo be kept in […]