Russian media have said he may have been a U.S. spy exfiltrated in 2017. Norway-based DNV GL, a major global classification society for ships, later confirmed that the suspect was employed for the company. Norway’s most recent known spy case involving Russia involved retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg, who was sentenced in Russia in 2019 to 14 years in prison for espionage. You’re a spy.’”. “‘It’s very important that you can do this for me, Frode,’” the man in Oslo responded, according to Mr. Berg. COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Norway's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expelled a Russian diplomat linked to the case of a man jailed on accusations of spying for Russia, officials said. He’s Angry, Too, but Not at Moscow. Distrust, they said, has become unavoidable in the wake of the Berg case, especially as rumors fly about more undercover officers and other recruitment attempts. The man was arrested Saturday after handing over information, the agency said, adding that … Mr. Berg trusted him, so he agreed without asking questions. Mr. Berg’s Russian lawyer, Ilya Novikov, said the Russian authorities had sought different deals in return for Mr. Berg’s freedom that they were not able to secure. The two Lithuanians released, Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, were convicted of espionage in Russia in 2016. “A hero? Frode Berg said that Norway’s military intelligence agency recruited him as an undercover courier without warning him of the risks. “Of course, they will draw their conclusions in Russia,” the embassy wrote. The last time NATO-member Norway declared a Russian diplomat “persona non grata” was in March 2018 when several countries expelled dozens of Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Britain. Mr. Rafaelsen said he has “chosen not to look behind my shoulder” and question whether his neighbors are spies. Norway announced the expulsion of a Russian diplomat on Aug. 19, days after arresting a Norwegian man suspected of passing sensitive information to Moscow. As a result, few in Kirkenes praised Mr. Berg for undertaking a high-risk mission in the name of national security. Frode Berg was sentenced to 14 years in prison, and his supporters feared it would be years until he returned. At one point, the conversation got so friendly, Mr. Berg recalled, that one officer told him: “‘Frode, don’t forget. He was arrested in Moscow in December 2017 and accused of collecting information about Russian nuclear submarines for Norwegian intelligence. Maxim Zmeyev/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of 15 years. It was at a McDonald’s. “‘We respect you, but we had to arrest you,’” one of the officers said, according to Mr. Berg. Norwegian media said the case was about industrial espionage. “At the time of his arrest, he led a joint industry project on 3D printing,” it said Tuesday. The other, Sergey Moiseyenko, had been in prison since 2014 for spying on NATO and the Lithuanian military. Back on home soil in November, Mr. Berg told Norwegian journalists that the F.S.B. The security service said the citizen is suspected of violating a Norwegian law that carries a maximum prison term of 15 years. “I feel really misused,” Mr. Berg said in a Moscow court appearance last year. He later became a border inspector and, after communism collapsed, he and his colleagues gave boots, uniforms and food to their suddenly impoverished Russian counterparts. In September, Russia and Ukraine swapped dozens of prisoners, with Russia returning a Ukrainian filmmaker, Oleg Sentsov, who had been jailed in Russia after being convicted on what were widely seen as trumped-up terrorism charges, and 24 sailors detained late last year in waters near Crimea. During the Cold War, Mr. Berg was stationed as a soldier in Kirkenes, now a town of about 3,500 people. Norwegian Spy Jailed by Russia Is Free. Norwegian media said the case was about industrial espionage. The suspect's lawyer, Marianne Darre-Naess, told Norwegian news agency NTB that her client denies wrongdoing. The security service said the citizen is suspected of violating a Norwegian law that carries a maximum prison term of 15 years. “There was no pistol at his head,” Rune Rafaelsen, the mayor of Kirkenes, said of Mr. Berg. In November 2019, he was part of a three-way spy swap when he and two Lithuanians were freed in exchange for two Russians who had been in prison in Lithuania. Russia Frees Norwegian Convicted of Spying in Unusual 3-Way Swap. Russia Frees Norwegian Convicted of Spying in Unusual 3-Way Swap A retired Norwegian border inspector, two Lithuanians and two convicted Russian spies were exchanged. Norway-based DNV GL, a major global classification society for ships, said in a statement the man had not had any line management responsibilities for a number of years. Over the next two years, on five trips across the border, Mr. Berg acted as a courier — mailing relatively small sums of cash and encrypted memory cards to a woman in Moscow he knew nothing about. Now, finally free, Mr. Berg is angry — but not at Russia. In November 2019, he was part of a three-way spy swap when he and two Lithuanians were freed in exchange for two Russians who had been in prison in Lithuania. The man was arrested Saturday after handing over information, the agency said, adding that the alleged actions “could harm fundamental national interests.”. His arrest has also shaken his hometown, Kirkenes, a prim, fjord-side community in Norway’s far north that has close economic ties with Russia. “That’s why it took so long. EO. It is not known what missile shootings or other activities the Northern Fleet is doing in the Barents- and White Seas on August 26, but an American spy plane does not normally fly so close to Russian air space for no reason. On Facebook, the Russian Embassy in Oslo claimed its deputy trade representative “was unjustly detained” and searched by the Norwegian Police Security Service during what it described as “a meeting with a Norwegian citizen.”, The embassy protested to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, saying the actions were in “violation of the diplomat status.”. He’s Angry, Too, but Not at Moscow. Norwegian foreign ministry spokeswoman Guri Solberg called the diplomat's expulsion "totally without foundation" in a statement sent to AFP. They even identified the nondescript building in Kirkenes where Norway’s military intelligence held secret meetings. But the authorities in Moscow said Mr. Berg had a secret mission on his trips to Russia, accusing him of collecting information about Russian nuclear submarines. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country. So they started bringing a McChicken sandwich, fries and Coke Zero. Norway’s most recent known spy case involving Russia was about retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg, who was sentenced in Russia in 2019 to 14 years in prison for espionage. Norway’s most recent known spy case involving Russia involved retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg, who was sentenced in Russia in 2019 to 14 years in prison for espionage. DNV GL is also the largest technical consultancy to the global renewable energy and oil and gas industry. 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