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The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has charged a Brazilian citizen named José Assis Jammaria with espionage, reports NRK.

According to PST, in fact, this person is a Russian citizen Mikhail Valeryevich Mikushin, who was born in 1978 and works for one of the Russian special services.

The man denies this and calls himself a Brazilian (at the same time, according to PST, he answered in court in English, despite the presence of an interpreter from Portuguese). He was detained on October 24 and is now under arrest.

Accused I arrived to Norway in autumn 2021 as a visiting researcher at the University of Tromsø in the north of the country. He joined a group that was engaged, among other things, in the study of hybrid threats. His supervisor statedthat he was interested in “security issues in the north”.

Project investigative journalist Bellingcat Hristo Grozev thinksthat the accused works for the GRU – Russian military intelligence. According to Grozev, Mikushin is registered in Moscow at the address where, as counts, the GRU hostel is located. “Which means that his rank is no lower than a colonel!” Grozev wrote.

In addition, according to Grozev, Mikushin recently traveled to Canada, and also repeatedly attended Russia in recent years and It has there is unpaid property tax.

In August 2022, Bellingcat, along with The Insider, Der Spiegel and La Repubblica published an investigation about a GRU employee who lived in Europe for almost 10 years and communicated with NATO officers, posing as a native of Peru. She returned to Russia in 2018.

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