Russian court jails Norwegian national for 14 years for espionage

Frode Berg, a Norwegian national detained by Russian authorities on suspicion of espionage, stands inside a defendants' cage as he attends a court hearing in Moscow April 16, 2019. — Reuters pic
Frode Berg, a Norwegian national detained by Russian authorities on suspicion of espionage, stands inside a defendants' cage as he attends a court hearing in Moscow April 16, 2019. — Reuters pic

MOSCOW, April 16 —A Russian court found a Norwegian man guilty today of gathering espionage about Russian nuclear submarines and jailed him for 14 years in a verdict that could strain ties between Russia and its NATO-member neighbour.

Frode Berg, a retired former guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in Moscow in December 2017 and tried behind closed doors this month. He pleaded not guilty to charges of espionage on behalf of Norway. — Reuters

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