Russian Spy Arrested In Norway

University  Of Tromsø

A Brazilian citizen, named José Assis Giammaria, on his way to work at the university in Tromsö was arrested. The security police suspect that the person is an “illegal”. The police believe that the accused spy’s name is Mikhail Valerievich Mikushin. Documents links Mikhail Valerievich Mikushin’s name and date of birth to the Russian intelligence service GRU.

TROMSÖ NOVEMBER 2: A Brazilian citizen, named José Assis Giammaria, on his way to work at the university in Tromsö was arrested by the police on 24 October, NRK reports. The Norwegian security police, PST, suspect that the person is in Norway under a false identity and works for the Russian intelligence services.

The security police suspect that the person is an “illegal”, a person who builds up an identity as an ordinary citizen when, in the actual case, the person works for the Russian intelligence service. The police believe that the accused spy’s name is Mikhail Valerievich Mikushin and is a Russian citizen born in 19 august 1978.


Russian Spy
The picture on the left is from Mikusjin’s driver’s license and is taken in June 2015. The picture on the right shows the same man a few months later, but then the man called himself José Assis Giammaria. Source: Social Media/Twitter

Among other things, the person conducts research on hybrid warfare. Documents links Mikhail Valerievich Mikushin’s name and date of birth to the Russian intelligence service GRU. José Assis Giammaria is described as curious, flexible and cheerful by his colleagues.

It is the first time that PST arrests a so-called “illegal” in Norway. The University of Tromsö harbored no suspicions whatsoever against the man who came as a visiting researcher in December last year. With a degree from a Canadian university, where he had good references. He expressed a great interest in the security policy situation in the Arctic region and wanted to research the Arctic around the Barents Sea.

The man is not the subject of a criminal investigation but a deportation case. In a first step, he has been put in custody for four weeks. The suspected spy denies all charges.

The Norwegian Police Security Service (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste (PST), is the police security agency of Norway. The agency was previously known as POT (Politiets overvåkningstjeneste or Police Surveillance Agency), the name change was decided by the Parliament of Norway on 2 June 2001.

PST is responsible for monitoring and maintaining interior security in Norway. Known operational departments include counterintelligence unit, counterterrorism unit, counterproliferation and organized crime unit, counterextremism unit, investigation unit, surveillance unit, technology unit, security analysis unit and foreign citizens unit.

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