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Man accused of high treason for Norway cooperation. A Russian man faces up to 20 years imprisonment after being accused of high treason involving Norwegian special services support, reports say. Ivan Moseev is the Director for the Institute of Indigenous Peoples and Minorities at the University of Arkhangelsk. Mr Moseev, whose trial begins in Arkhangelsk, Monday, is the leader of the Pomor Movement in the White Sea area of Russia. His indictment is relates to his work in this area and includes alleged incitement of ethnic hatred.

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Man accused of high treason for Norway cooperation

Published on Sunday, 11th November, 2012 at 17:19 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 11th November 2012 at 18:18.

A Russian man faces up to 20 years imprisonment after being accused of high treason involving Norwegian special services support, reports say.

Ivan Moseev
Mr Moseev is head of the Pomor movement in Arkhangelsk (photo reproduced by kind permission)Ivan Moseev
Photo: Andrey Shalyov/BarentsObserver


Ivan Moseev is the Director for the Institute of Indigenous Peoples and Minorities at the University of Arkhangelsk.

Mr Moseev, whose trial begins in Arkhangelsk, Monday, is the leader of the Pomor Movement in the White Sea area of Russia. His indictment is relates to his work in this area and includes alleged incitement of ethnic hatred.

“Norwegian secret services are using Ivan Moseev to destabilize the social-political situation in Arkhangelsk,” the indictment reads.

Moreover, “with support from foreign networks Moseev has been carrying out activities aiming at making federal Russian authorities recognize the Pomors as an indigenous minority of the North and including their territory of residence under the jurisdiction of international law, which can lead to a violation of Russia’s territorial integrity.”

Indicted Mr Moseev has been working with Thor Robertsen for almost two decades trying to re-establish the relationship between Arkhangelsk and Vardø in northern Norway. The two have even published a children’s book of fairytales.

Mr Robertsen told publication the Barents Observer, “I am totally unable to understand the reasons for the charges.”

“I know him well and he has never had another agenda here in Vardø than strengthening the historical and cultural ties based on the old Pomor-trade,” he added.

According to Mr Moseev’s case documents, it is also alleged he has received financial aid from Norway to help create a dictionary for Pomors "by the help of which he published a series of articles and conducted activities aimed to harm Russia’s safety," the Barents Observer reported.

It is suggested Mr Moseev had considered establishing a "Republic of the Pomors", adressing regional Arkhangelsk authorities.

“With support from foreign special services Moseev established the organization “Brotherhood of Pomors”, which connects Pomors in the Barents region," it is stated in the case documents.

The Russian parliament has recently passed a new law that places receiving financial help for “activities directed against the security of Russia” as being high treason.

Mr Moseev could face 12-20 years in prison if found guilty.

Saying Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be following the matter up, press spokesperson Kjetil Elsebutangen told VG, “From a Norwegian perspective, it creates a stir that a person such as Moseev is being put on trial on the grounds involved here.”

“We express our concern this is happening,” concluded Mr Elsebutangen.



Published on Sunday, 11th November, 2012 at 17:19 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 11th November 2012 at 18:18.

This post has the following tags: norway-russiacourtcase, hightreason.





  
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