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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, Russia April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian court found a Norwegian man guilty on Tuesday 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.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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