Russia sentences Berg to 14 years in jail

A Russian court in Moscow found retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg guilty of espionage on Tuesday, and sentenced him to the full 14-year prison term requested by Russian government prosecutors. Berg has opted against filing an appeal, in the hopes Norwegian authorities will find a way to bring him home. The sentence was harsher […]

Espionage trial due to wrap up quickly

After spending 14 months investigating espionage charges against retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg, and holding him in prison all along, his trial was due to be over after just two days in court. A Russian prosecutor, meanwhile, claims he’s only suspected of being a courier and not spying for Norway or gathering information on […]

Spy trial begins amidst ‘scandal’

Retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg was finally getting his day in a Moscow court on Tuesday, while claims of a major military intelligence scandal that landed him there were flying back home. The Norwegian government’s deafening silence over the arrest and espionage charges against Berg has sparked suspicion and criticism, while speculation swirled that […]

Accused spy’s trial begins next week

Frode Berg, the retired Norwegian border inspector from Kirkenes, has been sitting in a Moscow jail for nearly 16 months, accused of spying for Norway. He finally has a court date, with his trial due to begin in Moscow on April 2. Berg’s Russian defense attorney Ilja Novikov wrote on social media that the trial […]

PST criticizes counterpart’s data storage request

Norway’s state intelligence gathering agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjenesten) isn’t supporting a request from its military and overseas counterpart E-tjenesten, that the latter be allowed to monitor and store all data crossing the border for 18 months. PST fears it may overlap or collide with its own itelligence gathering. PST is responsible for assessing and handling […]

‘China and Russia pose biggest threat’

Norway’s military intelligence unit (E-tjenesten) delivered its annual evaluation of national security on Monday, and pointed to the same largest threat as the state’s police intelligence unit did last week: spying by foreign countries, with China and Russia as the most active. Lt General Morten Haga Lunde, head of the agency formally known as Etterretnings-tjenesten, […]

Norway’s PST warns against Huawei

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST has joined a growing list of counterparts in other countries that are urging caution in doing business with the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei. In its annual threat evaluation on Monday, PST pointed to China and Russia as posing the greatest cyber threats, and asked authorities to keep an eye on […]

Frode Berg’s custody extended

A Russian court extended the custody of retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg this week until April 5. It remains unclear when his trial on espionage charges will begin. Berg, arrested in Moscow on December 5, 2017, just spent his second Christmas and New Year in prison. He’s charged with being involved in spying on […]

Norway rebuilds its northern defense

The Norwegian defense department plans to invest nearly NOK 2.5 billion rebuilding and expanding military facilities that were set up in its far northern areas during the Cold War. Many were dismantled or vacated during the 1990s, but rising tensions with Russia and between Russia and other western allies has prompted military brass to re-establish […]

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 […]