The Netherlands exposes a Russian spy who tried to infiltrate the ICC | war in Ukraine

Had he not been exposed in time, the man could have gained access to the court building and computers to collect data and locate sources on behalf of the Russian Military Intelligence Service (GRU), for which he works.

In short, he could have done it Influencing ICC criminal proceedingsthe crime in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion, but also the Russian war in Georgia in 2008, the Dutch secret service (AIVD) announced.

Sent back to Brazil on the first plane

The person was identified as 36-year-old Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov. The Dutch secret service said he posed as a 33-year-old Brazilian under the name Viktor Muller Ferreira in order to gain access to the ICC.

He was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport from Brazil in April and was due to start his internship at the ICC after his admission, Dutch news agency ANP reported.

He was sent back to Brazil on the first plane, he saidAIVDbefore he was arrested by the Brazilian police.

The spy represented a potentially very high threatbecause it could have had one of its own in the ICC great value for Russian intelligence servicespointed out the Dutch secret service.

It’s rare for an intelligence officer this caliber be arrested, said Erik Akerboom, managing director ofAIVDquoted by the ANP.

GRU a investi des années dans la dissimulation de la véritable identité. C’est un effort énorme”,”text”:”Le GRU a investi des années dans la dissimulation de la véritable identité. C’est un effort énorme”}}”>the GRU has invested years to obfuscate the true identity. It’s a huge effortadded Mr. Akerboom, specifying that the unmasking of the spy in April has only now been uncovered so as not to jeopardize the investigation.

disgust with fish

The Russian spy had painstakingly built an identity for several years, inventing a life down to the smallest details revealed by theAIVD in a document describing his preferences and life path, written by himself in Portuguese.

He reportedly had a troubled relationship with his parents, an aversion to fish, a crush on a teacher, and earned a nickname gringo because he looked like a German.

Brazil’s federal police said in a statement on Thursday that in April they arrested a man – whose name they did not name – who was refused entry to the Netherlands for using a fake ID.

Using a sophisticated forgery system, he posed as a Brazilian whose parents died. »

A quote from Excerpt from a press release by the Brazilian Federal Police

Police added that he remains in custody pending trial.

The Russian spy arrived in Brazil in 2010 and lived in Ireland and the United States before returning to Brazil to prepare for his move to the Netherlands.

He had to start one six-month probationary period at the International Criminal Court as a junior analyst in the field of preliminary examinationsaccording to the Brazilian police.

The ICC is very grateful to the Dutch authorities for this larger operations and more generally to detect security threatssaid in a statement Sonia Robla, spokeswoman for the court investigating alleged war crimes committed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

The ICC takes these threats very seriously.She added.

This is not the first time the Netherlands has uncovered Russian intelligence operations on its soil, particularly in The Hague, where several international organizations and courts are based.

In 2018, Dutch authorities expelled four suspected Russian spies GRU whom they accused of attempting to hack into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which was investigating attacks in Syria.

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