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Detained a few days ago, an employee of the Norwegian Arctic University of Tromsø, allegedly a professor from Brazil, Jose Assis Giammaria, actually turned out to be a citizen of the Russian Federation and a career intelligence officer, Mikhail Valeryevich Mikushin, according to DW.
On Friday, October 28, in Tromso, the Norwegian security service presented “Jose” accusation of espionage.
It is noted that investigative journalists from Belligcat and The Insider confirmed the identity of Mikushin and his belonging to the intelligence of the Russian Federation.
Investigators managed to establish that Mikushin — Born in 1978, was born in St. Petersburg. He is a graduate of the Military Diplomatic Academy (VDA) of the GRU in Moscow. He also holds Brazilian nationality as his mother is from Brazil.
Mikushin also studied at the University of Calgary in Canada, where, among other things, he campaigned for the New Democratic Party. For some time he was engaged in “research activities” in Canada, published an article in 2019 on the need for new military bases in the Arctic.
In 2021, Mikushin arrived at the University of Tromsø to participate in a research program that, among other things, includes the study of “hybrid threats&rdquo ;.
Shortly after his arrival in Norway, Mikushin took part in a seminar in Vilnius organized with the support of the EU and dedicated to the “hybrid war”. Among the topics of the training — actions in case of sabotage at Nord Stream.
Yesterday, October 28, a court in Oslo, at the request of the prosecutor's office, extended Mikushin's detention for another four weeks in the interests of the investigation.
Mikushin's lawyers talk about plans to deport their client to Russia. Moscow, in turn, denies the Russian citizenship of the suspect and declares Norway's espionage.
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