Norway

PST finished with spy research against Russians

The case against the spy-suspected Russian who behaved strangely at the Storting, has been investigated, reports the Police Security Service (PST).

VG writes Wednesday that police attorney Kathrine Tonstad has sent her recommendation to the Attorney General, who will decide whether it will be indictment or not.

If the case is dismissed, Russian Mikhail Botshkarev will seek compensation, says his lawyer Hege Aakre.

– He was in custody for a whole month. There was a lot of unwanted media attention around the world, and he hopes for an apology, says Aakre to VG.

She thinks it goes against a ransom.

– PST has not found a single evidence stating that he has done anything illegal, she points out.

Botswkarev had participated in an IT seminar in the Storting under the auspices of the European Center for Parliamentary Research and Documentation (ECPRD) when he was arrested on September 21 last year.

According to VG, the Russian big newspaper Kommersant suggests that there may be an agreement between Norway and Russia around the Botswark issue, which may lead to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin being able to pardon spy-attacked Frode Berg, who is now in court in Russia.

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