MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Norwegian national Frode Berg, convicted of espionage in Russia, has been handed over to Norwegian officials in Lithuania, the Norwegian Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement.
Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg pointed out that Oslo had been working on Frode Berg’s return since the day of his arrest.
Berg is expected to return home in the near future.
In October, Lithuanian media outlets said that Vilnius and Moscow were getting ready to conduct a spy swap, while Norwegian media informed that Berg had been included in the swap list. On Friday morning, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda pardoned Russian nationals Nikolai Filipchenko and Sergei Moiseyenko, convicted of spying for Russia. A few hours later he announced that Lithuania and Russia had carried out a spy swap.
Berg was detained in Moscow in December 2017 in a special operation carried out by the Federal Security Service (FSB). He was charged with espionage under Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code.
Investigators figured out that the Norwegian had collected information about Russia’s nuclear submarines from a defense company’s staff member, who was under intelligence surveillance. According to investigators, Berg cooperated with the Norwegian Intelligence Service. The Moscow City Court found Berg guilty on April 16, sentencing him to 14 years in a high security prison.