Norway: Russia's Federation Council employee detained on suspicion of espionage to be released
Mikhail Bochkarev is going to be released today.
The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has changed its mind as to appealing against the Oslo court’s decision related to a release from arrest of a Federation Council employee Mikhail Bochkarev who was detained in September on suspicion of illegal intelligence gathering. This is being reported on the PST twitter.
The PST noted that the Russian is going to be released today.
Valentina Matvienko, a Chairwoman of Russia’s Federation Council, has commented upon the progression of events in Bochkarev’s case having emphasized that the case had been fabricated. “I can only welcome the withdraw of the appeal as to yesterday’s court judgment by Norwegian authorities. As far as I know, out consular officers have headed to M.A. Bochkarev to get him. Russia's ambassador to Oslo is expecting Mikhail Anatolievich to arrive at the diplomatic office in the nearest time. After the meeting, our employee will go to his homeland to see his relatives and close ones.” Matvienko said.
The Norwegian Police Security Service detained the Russian in the evening on September 21 at Oslo airport. Before that, he was at the seminar for digitalization in Norway's’ parliament where he read his reports on data security. The parliament’s representatives found the Russian’s behavior questionable. As a result, he was placed under arrest.
According to RBC sources, Mikhail Bochkarev, an IT adviser at the Federation Council, was responsible for work of the website of the upper house of parliament.