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Migrants on the Russian-Norwegian border were sent on spy missions

During the fall of 2015, approximately 5,500 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq made their way from Russia to Norway by bicycle through the Storskog border station in Finnmark. After that, hundreds of them applied for asylum in Norway every week.

When pacific time next After investigating whether a foreign power had any influence on the flow of migrants, it emerged that a foreign intelligence service had sent people there on a mission. Based on the information that emerged and the methods used, it is said that the migrants were tricked or threatened by intelligence services into carrying out missions for them.

Norwegian researcher Karin Anna Eggen, who researches Russian information warfare and gray zone operations, said she was not surprised. It is possible that the migrants were threatened to cooperate and then send the information back. The foreign power may also have given notice that it is not possible to cross the border without cooperating with it.

She believes that the stream of immigrants Russia may have used 2015 to its advantage to test Norway's ability to withstand pressure. What happened on the border with Finland at the end of last year is also an indication that the influx of migrants towards Norway in 2015 was a test on Russia's part.

Migrants at the Finnish-Russian border last November.

Photograph: Jussi Nokari/AP

During the fall of last year, in what was described as a hybrid attack, Russia was said to have organized migrant flows towards the Finland border. During the fall, about 1,000 migrants arrived at border checkpoints without a valid visa.

The Russian security service FSB is responsible for monitoring Russia's borders in the north.

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