Posts tagged as espionage

Confucius Institutes and espionage

By Juris Paiders on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

“Chinese Confucius Institutes are suspected of espionage” – such headlines graced news articles a couple of years ago, but the reality is that everyone knows about it, but it’s impossible to prove. In this article I will explain the role of these institutes as an instrument of Beijing’s soft power. The Chinese Confucius Institute is and establishment similar to the British Council, German Goethe Institute or French Institute – it…

Norway Beefs Up Arctic Defences at Russia’s Doorstep

Friday, January 18, 2019

Having partially dismantled its northern defences in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Norway now seeks to re-establish its presence in the strategic area amid rising tensions between NATO and Russia. The Norwegian Defence Ministry plans to invest nearly NOK 2.5 billion ($290 million) rebuilding and expanding its Cold War-era military facilities in the far north. “Our assignment is to establish a presence”, Colonel Jørn Erik Berntsen,…

Official secret permit issue system helps determine possible spies

Monday, November 5, 2018

Latvian Defence Ministry does not deny that termination of permits to access official secrets for workers of the defence system is one of the methods to help determine possible spies without handing them over to court, the ministry notes. Espionage in favour of another country in Latvia is a criminal offence that is punishable with a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. In an interview to LTV, former…