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Woman arrested for aiding Russian intelligence service in Denmark.

DR-Inland in Denmark

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 • 9:21 AM UTC - in Denmark

A Russian woman has been arrested and charged for helping a foreign intelligence service operate in Denmark, according to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET).

The arrest took place in collaboration with South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police. PET stated that the case is related to a story in several European media about a Russian state fund, but it has no connection to the recently concluded European Parliament elections.

According to DR's reporting, this is the same woman who DR exposed last week through years of internal documents from a Moscow-based foundation, which has intelligence officers in key positions.

The revelation is based on internal documents obtained by a foreign, Western intelligence agency. It is expected that the woman will be released once she has been interrogated.

She is charged with violating paragraph 108 of the Danish Criminal Code, which deals with aiding a foreign intelligence service to operate in Denmark – including cooperation to exert influence, PET explained.

The woman, who is a Russian citizen, is a central figure in the Russian community in Denmark. She runs a consulting firm for Russian speakers in a Danish town. Her legal consulting firm has received a combined total of at least 3.38 million Danish crowns from the fund since 2017, according to the internal documents.

A clip from a document showing what Pravfond has granted to the consulting firm in Denmark. The amounts are given in euros. (© DR)

The fund has supported similar legal services across Europe. Several European intelligence services have informed DR that these consulting firms are part of a Russian propaganda push, which aims to create stories about discrimination against Russian-speaking expatriates abroad.

The ultimate goal, according to the Estonian intelligence agency KAPO, is to create "a justification for direct interference in other countries' internal affairs."

The Finnish intelligence agency SUPO has also reported that Pravfond "seeks to promote the goals of Russian influence activities by providing legal assistance to foreign Russians."

The Danish-Russian woman (the second from the left) at a previous marking of Russia's victory over the Nazis.

The case is still under investigation, and PET declined to comment on it. South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police also refused to comment. DR News is working on obtaining a comment from the Russian woman.

She has previously declined to comment on the matter for DR.

* Collaborating media:

DR, the Nordic public service media SVT, NRK and YLE, German Paper Trail Media, ZDF and Der Spiegel, British The Guardian, French Le Monde, Estonian Delfi Meedia, Latvian Re:Baltica, Swedish Göteborgs-Posten, Belgian Knack and Der STANDARD in Austria.

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