Disinfo: Norway carries out an aggressive anti-Russian information campaign


Recently, Norway carries out systematic work to propagate the image of Russia as an enemy. It is an aggressive anti-Russian policy based on provocative fakes.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Russophobia and anti-Russian moods in the Western countries.

No evidence given to back up  the claims of “an aggressive anti-Russian policy based on provocative fakes”. Relations between Norway and Russian have deteriorated since 2014 when Norway joined other European countries in implementing anti-Russian sanctions following the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Since then, the countries exchanged several mutual accusations of spying. Thus, in April 2019, a Russian court sentenced Norwegian Frode Berg to 14 years in a strict-regime labour camp for spying on Russian navy submarines.

In May 2019, Norwegians discovered a beluga whale wearing a harness indicating its Russian origin. One of the speculations was that the whale had escaped from a Russian military facility and was spying in Norwegian waters. However, no one from Russia publicly admitted the whale’s origin.

Please see other disinformation cases involving Norway here


  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Norway, Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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