The suspected Russian spy arrested by Norway attended a conference on hybrid warfare


BRUSSELS – The suspected Russian spy arrested in Norway this week attended a recent mixed threats seminar that included a scenario about responding to a pipeline explosion, according to Norwegian media, the coordinator of the group hosting the event, and a photo from the event.

Norwegian security officials announced this week that they had arrested a man claiming to be a Brazilian academic conducting research on Arctic issues in Tromsø and believed to be an “illegal” Russian. He was identified in news reports as Jose Assis Giamaria.

Then the arrest comes No less than seven Russians – including the son of a close confidant of President Vladimir Putin – has been arrested in recent weeks for flying drones or taking photos near sensitive areas.

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Norway and other countries in Europe are rushing to secure critical infrastructure after Nord Stream natural gas pipelines were sabotaged. In recent months, there have been multiple sightings of drones at offshore oil and gas fields in Norway and at Norwegian airports.

The Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang first I mentioned on Thursday That the suspect attended a symposium September 29-30 in Vilnius, Lithuania, on countering mixed threats.

The seminar was hosted by EU-HYBNET, a European network on hybrid threats, which include sabotage, disinformation, cyber-attacks, and other means of warfare outside of traditional state-to-state military conflict. The organization’s website and conference brochure say the group is funded by the European Commission. A spokesperson for the commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Paevi Matila, a professor at Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland who coordinates the EU-HYBNET programme, confirmed by phone that the suspected spy attended the event. She said he had not undergone a security check but declined to comment further, citing the investigation.

An image shared on Twitter by the University of Mykolas Romeris, shows Giammaria seated among workshop participants at the event organized with the Lithuanian Cybercrime Center for Excellence in Training, Research and Education on September 29.

A brochure for the symposium in Vilnius says event participants will examine various scenarios, including one case of “stopping gas flow after a gas pipeline explosion”. In the case study, “preliminary results support the assumption that it is most likely a sabotage rather than an accident.”

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Information about the suspect is still emerging. Norwegian internal security officials announced the arrest this week, saying the suspect posed a “threat to essential national interests”.

The deputy head of the Norwegian Police Security Service, Hedvig Moe, told Norwegian media that there were fears that he “may have acquired a network and information about Norwegian policy in the northern region”. She said that even if the information a person obtained does not directly jeopardize Norway’s security, Russia could misuse it.

As of October 21, Giammaria is listed as a researcher at the Norwegian Research Center “The Gray Zone” at Arctic University in Norway. It is no longer listed on their site.”

Before moving to Norway, the suspect lived in Canada, where he attended the University of Ottawa and the University of Calgary. While in Ottawa, he volunteered to participate in a local political campaign, according to world news.

In 2019, he wrote an article for the Canadian Maritime Journal. The Article – Commoditytitled “Rule Three: The Case of CFB Churchill,” argues in favor of establishing a naval base in northern Canada.

The case comes months after another “illegal” Russian suspect was arrested in the Netherlands. In this case, a suspected Russian spy claimed to be a Brazilian seeking training at the International Criminal Court. He previously studied in the United States.

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