Frode Berg in Facebook video: – It’s been tough and long wait

Frode BergFrode Berg.Photo: Privat / NTB scanpix
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Convicted spy, Frode Berg came out Friday with his first public statement after his release. In a Facebook video, he talks about tough years in Russian prison.

  • “I am finally out of Russia after two years in Lefortovo prison. This I was not prepared for. It has been tough, and the wait was long. Two years in Russian custody prison is a tough stress, both for myself and my family,” Berg said in the video posted on his Facebook page to his Norwegian lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes.

It was Aftenposten who first mentioned the video. In the more than a minute-long video, Berg reads from a script and says that he is now in a safe place in Lithuania “to calm down, relax and get to the detention”.

He looks forward to seeing his family again.

“I will not discuss the matter at this time, but will hold a press conference in the near future,” he said.

The retired border inspector is tired, but knows well after the extradition in Lithuania is over. It is uncertain when he will return to Norway.

Free after two years in prison
At 11 o’clock on Friday, the espionage convicted Norwegian was taken across the border at Kaliningrad. Almost two years after he was arrested in Russia, he is now free.

His wife Anita and daughter Christina were in Oslo when the news broke.

  • “We are happy and relieved,” says Anita Berg to NTB. She has not spoken to her husband for one month before the exchange.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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