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Russia detains Norwegian man accused of being a spy

By Danielle Haynes

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Russian authorities arrested a Norwegian man, a former border inspector, for accepting classified documents, a Russian court official announced Tuesday.

Agents with Russia's Federal Security Service arrested Frode Berg, 62, in Moscow, Lefortovo District Court spokeswoman Yekaterina Krasnova told Russia's Tass news agency. Investigators said a Russian national, Alexey Zhitnyuk, gave Berg documents about the Russian navy.

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Zhitnyuk was arrested in November and has been accused of high treason.

Krasnova said Berg would be detained until Feb. 5 on espionage charges.

Norway's Foreign Ministry said it had been in contact with a citizen in Russia, but did not confirm the person's identity. Berg's family said they last had contact with him two weeks ago.

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