Suspected Russian spy tried to infiltrate the International Criminal Court as an intern, Dutch authorities say

According to the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), an alleged agent of the Russian military intelligence service GRU had posed as a 33-year-old man from Brazil and traveled to the Netherlands from Brazil in April.

He had successfully applied to intern at the ICC in The Hague and was traveling to the Netherlands to begin his internship, the AIVD said in a press release on Thursday.

Upon arrival in the Netherlands, he was considered a “potentially very high” threat and refused entry, then sent back to Brazil.

“An officer of this type is better known as a ‘clandestine’: an intelligence officer who has received long and thorough training. Due to their pseudonyms, clandestines are difficult to discover. For this reason, they often undetected, which allows them to carry out intelligence activities. Because they present themselves as foreigners, they have access to information that would be inaccessible to a Russian national,” the AIVD said.

Among other cases, the ICC is currently investigating allegations of Russian war crimes in Ukraine and crimes committed during the Russian war in Georgia in 2008. As a result, internal access to the ICC would have been “very valuable” for law enforcement agencies. Russian intelligence, the AIVD said. .

Detained in Brazil

The man was detained in Brazil where “he is the subject of criminal proceedings for fifteen uses of false documents and remains in custody pending the first degree conviction”, said the Brazilian police.

“Using a sophisticated falsification system, he assumed the false identity of a Brazilian, whose parents are deceased,” Brazilian police said.

He had previously lived in Ireland and the United States posing as Brazilian, police added.

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The AIVD also published a four-page cover story on Thursday saying the alleged spy likely wrote it himself, including facts about his supposed family and life, including a crush on a fictional geography teacher.

According to the document, his mother collected butterflies and he worked in a garage that smelled of “lubricant and vulcanized rubber.” He goes so far as to specify that a poster of Veronica Castro, then of Pamela Anderson, hung on the door of the pantry in the garage.

The elaborate fictional biography explains how he ended up in Brasilia – after meeting his estranged father in Rio, he says he decided to move to Brasillia to learn Portuguese – and even offers the address of a club. trap music his person frequented. In particular, he excludes any mention of his current job.

CNN has contacted Russian authorities for comment.

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