Netherlands says Russian spy caught seeking to infiltrate ICC – The Washington Post
The Dutch intelligence service said on Thursday it had uncovered a Russian military agent trying to infiltrate the International Criminal Court (ICC) using a false identity. Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov created an elaborate cover story dating back years, the agency’s head said.
The Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) said a man who went by the alias Viktor Muller Ferreira was picked up at a Dutch airport and was put on the next flight back to Brazil, where he faces court proceedings. He was on an internship visa from Brazil and the Netherlands deported him as an undesirable criminal alien.
There was no immediate comment on the case from Brazilian authorities.
“This was a long-term, multi-year GRU operation that cost a lot of time, energy and money,” said Dutch intelligence agency chief Erik Akerboom, using the acronym for Russia’s military intelligence service.
“It clearly shows us what the Russians are up to – trying to gain illegal access to information within the ICC. We classify this as a high-level threat,” Akerboom added, saying the ICC had accepted him for an internship.
ICC spokesperson Sonia Robla said the court was grateful to Dutch authorities for the operation and the exposing of security risks. “The ICC takes these threats very seriously and will continue to work and cooperate with The Netherlands,” she said.
There was no response as of yet from the Kremlin, though President Vladimir Putin’s government has in the past frequently denied spying accusations as a Western smear campaign against Moscow.
The Dutch agency said it released details on Cherkasov’s cover story to expose the workings of Russian intelligence and the threat it posed to other international institutions.
The Dutch have expelled more than 20 Russians accused of spying in recent years. Russia has denied all charges and responded by kicking out 15 Dutch embassy and consulate staff from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
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