Another round of revelations has emerged from ‘Skyggekrigen’ (The Shadow War), a new documentary series co-produced by public broadcasters from the four largest Nordic nations.
In the latest episode streamed on DRTV, it is revealed that Russia has spy stations in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. The documentary names 38 intelligence officers from SVR, GRU and FSB – all of whom are involved in extensive espionage against the Nordic companies.
“When it comes to Russia, a large part of the diplomatic mission is Russian intelligence officers from the various intelligence services,” claims Daniel Stenling, head of counterintelligence at the Swedish intelligence agency SÄPO, in the documentary.
Last week, the documentary revealed how Russia’s military program uses ‘ghost boats’ to gain an overview of the region’s infrastructure, mapping gas pipelines, essential cables and offshore wind farms in the waters around Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
Far reaching powers
With reference to additional sources from Nordic and Western intelligence services, today’s media have documented how the intelligence officers have worked at Russia’s embassies in the Nordics.
“The Russian services are very professional. They are enormously competent, they are very large, and they have many resources at their disposal with very far-reaching powers,” says counterintelligence chief Anders Henriksen from the Norwegian Police Intelligence Service (PET).
Several Nordic intelligence services estimate to DR that between a third and half of the employees at Russia’s embassies in the Nordics are seconded by the Russian intelligence services.
In a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the documentary series is a “coordinated fake story”. None of the Russian ambassadors in Sweden, Norway or Denmark have yet given an interview on the matter.
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Source: The Nordic Page