Russians arrested for photographing classified facilities remain in Norway custody

Russians arrested for photographing classified facilities remain in Norway custody
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Four Russians were arrested for photographing classified facilities days after another two were held after being found in possession of drone footage taken of classified facilities.

The latest four, one woman and three men, are to be held in custody for a further week after a court ruled on Friday, October 21 that the police could detail them while they conducted further investigations.

Nordland County Police said they found cameras and extensive photographic material in the detained individual’s car, but that no drones were found.

A spokesperson for the police, Gaute Rydmark, said: “During an inspection of a car with Russian registration plates, we found a lot of photographic gear and a relatively extensive collection of photographic materials. We earlier received information of their suspicious activities.”

According to Norway News the four claimed to be tourists who had entered Norway via Finland at the end of September.

Details are scant with regard to what evidence the police found, however, they were said o in the vicinity of a local army base, Drevjamoen.

Previously a man with dual Russian and Israeli citizenship was trying to cross the border in possession of several drones and substantial forage of various facilities. The day after a Russian was arrested for taking photos of the Tromsø airport in the Arctic Circle.

Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl said:  “We’re seeing the consequences of the new security situation in Norway.

“We can’t rule out further cases.”

She also said that the Norwegians “cannot be naive” in light of the increased threat Russia poses to their national security.

Norway has been ramping up security in recent weeks resulting in Russians being arrested for photographing classified facilities. Damage to the Nord Stream gas pipeline has added to the security concerns of the country.

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