Oslo police are investigating possible hate crimes against Russians in Norway

Trine KrokPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

The Oslo police have received several reports that they link to the war in Ukraine. They are also checking tips on possible politically motivated hate crimes against Russians in Norway.

The police didn’t disclose details about the specific reports they have received, the newspaper Dagbladet noted.

“The cases concern, for example, damage, ruthless behavior, or bodily harm directed at Ukrainian or Russian citizens. The police take a serious view of individuals being exposed to such incidents on the basis of the situation in Ukraine,” acting leader Trine Krok at the joint criminal unit in the Oslo Police District warned.

Earlier this month, a Russian vehicle that was in Norway in connection with the Holmenkollen Ski Festival was vandalized. There is also an increase in the number of tips related to hate speech.

Many of the tips are related to politically motivated statements based on the situation in Ukraine. 

Although the statements are not necessarily punishable, the police encourage people to report them so that they can be assessed. Hateful or discriminatory statements directed at individuals are usually punishable by fines.

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