Per Ristvedt, the lawyer for Olen Betong told the TV2 news that the cement firm had suffered 150 million Norwegian kroner in losses after it was forced to manage the Russian business from Norway.
The company runs a business in the northwestern Russian city of Murmansk. It experienced severe disruptions after Russia expelled its executives over suspected ties to the Norwegian secret service. The company’s Murmansk office CEO Atle Berge said he and his staffers had been approached by Norwegian intelligence agents a dozen times. He will not be able to return to Russia for another seven years.