A 51-year-old Russian was arrested by the Police Security Service (PST) and charged with espionage against Norwegian state secrets on Friday afternoon after attending an IT seminar in the Parliament under the auspices of the European Center for Parliamentary Research and Documentation (ECPRD).
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According to the Russians, Norwegian ambassador Rune Resaland has been confronted with a “strong protest against the arrest of Russian servant Mikhail Botsjkarev (51)” for the purpose of espionage. The Russian Foreign Ministry even named the spy-man in that press release .
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the case against NTB, but does not want to say anything about what was said.
Norway’s ambassador was called for a call Monday. That’s what we can say about the case, “says communications adviser Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde in the UD to NTB.