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Dutch Agency Caught a Russian Spy Seeking to Infiltrate the ICC in the Hague

The Dutch intelligence service uncovered a Russian spy who tried to access the International Criminal Court through an internship program.

The Netherlands’ General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) stated that the caught Russian spy posed as a Brazilian citizen to join the internship program in the Hague. According to the report, “the Russian intelligence officer purported to be Brazilian citizen Viktor Muller Ferreira (born on 4 April 1989), when in fact his real name is Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov (born 11 September 1985).”

AIVD spokespersons are sure that if the perpetrator had gained access to the ICC records and database, “he would have been able to gather intelligence there and to look for (or recruit) sources, and arrange to have access to the ICC’s digital systems” along with the criminal proceedings. These actions would threaten complete security and data protection at the international tribunal in the Hague. The Dutch intelligence service also confirmed Cherkasov’s ties with the Russian GRU military agency.

Russia and Brazil have not commented on the incident yet. AIVD immediately reported Cherkasov to the ICC and deported him to Brazil.

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Article by Yevheniia Savchenko

Yevheniia Savchenko is a Legal Writer at Lawrina. Yevheniia browses through the most interesting and relevant news in the legal and legaltech world and collects them on Lawrina’s blog. Also, Yevheniia composes various how-to guides on legaltech, plus writes product articles and release notes for Loio, AI-powered contract review and drafting software.

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