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Russian court jails Norwegian man 14 years for spying

A Moscow court has sentenced Norwegian national, Frode Berg, to 14 years in prison for espionage, state media reported.

Russian authorities had accused Berg, 63, of attempting to pass classified information about Russian nuclear submarines to the Norwegian government.

“Fourteen years in prison or even half that would practically be a life sentence for a 63-year-old person,’’ defence lawyer, Ilya Novikov, told Norwegian daily Dagbladet ahead of Tuesday’s hearing.

“After the ruling, the lawyer said Berg would not appeal and instead intends to seek a pardon,’’ Russian state media reported.

According to Norwegian daily VG, the lawyer told newsmen outside the court Berg has serious heart issues and prison health care is not so good.

The trial had been closed to the public because of the classified evidence.

Recently, during an Arctic forum in St Petersburg, a Norwegian reporter asked Russian President, Vladimir Putin, whether it would be possible to pardon Berg.

Putin, who met with Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, during the event, replied that it is possible to pardon someone only after the conviction is made.

 

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