Russians convicted of bank robbery on Svalbard

A Russian man is sentenced to one year and two months in prison for robbing the bank in Svalbard before Christmas.

In addition to the prison sentence, the man in Nord-Troms District Court is ordered to pay the bank employees a total of NOK 60,000, NRK reports .

The runner directed a charged rifle against several of the employees in Sparebank 1 in Longyearbyen on December 21 last year. He forced the employees to give him 70,000 kroner. Then he went with a loaded weapon in the pedestrian street in Longyearbyen before he was arrested by armed police.

The 29-year-old has explained that he did the robbery to get attention so that he would get help for his psychological problems.

This will be the first time a bank robbery has occurred on the archipelago in the north.

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