Russia detains Norwegian citizen over suspected spying: RIA

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 19, 2017 4:41 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has detained a Norwegian citizen it suspects of spying, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a Moscow court which sanctioned the individual's detention.

Media reports said Russia's FSB security service had caught the Norwegian taking secret documents about the Russian Navy from a Russian citizen.

"The Norwegian consular service has visited the citizen that has been arrested in Moscow and is now in detention," said Frode Andersen, a press spokesman for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He added that the Norwegian national had legal representation and that the arrest had taken place on Dec. 5. The spokesman declined to comment on the charges.

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(Reporting by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Additional reporting by Gwladys Fouche in Oslo; Writing by Andrew Osborn/Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)