Report: Russian agent infiltrated investigative journalist course in Sweden

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A course in Kalmar, funded by Swedish aid money to develop Russian journalists' investigative reporting skills to further democracy back home, was infiltrated by a Russian spy, reports Dagens Nyheter.

The newspaper says the 50-year-old man attended the one-week course in Kalmar in the spring of 2017, backed by instructions from the Russian security service, FSB. The former army soldier had orders to befriend his fifteen classmates with the aim of getting to know critics of the regime and investigative journalists back in Russia.  

Swedish aid organisation, SIDA, which funded the course for Russian journalists to further democracy in the country, told DN that it had long known of the risks of Russian state infiltration of its project.