Welcome to the Arctic town where spying is a way of life

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Welcome to the Arctic town where spying is a way of life

Residents are caught in the middle of tensions between Russia and the West, and they are paying the price

Alec Luhn

When Frode Berg was a guard on the border near Kirkenes, Norway, in the 1990s, relations with Russia were so good that he would carry out joint patrols and go fishing with his counterparts from across the line. They drank vodka toasts after holding an annual cross-border ski race.

But in recent years, the town of 3,500 people on the Arctic coast has found itself caught up in a geopolitical chess game between Nato and Russia.

Berg became a pawn when he was arrested in Moscow and sentenced in April to 14 years in jail for espionage...

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