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Dutch Spies Foil Russian Plot to Infiltrate War Crimes Court

International Criminal Court building in The Hague. 

International Criminal Court building in The Hague. 

Photographer: Michel Porro/Getty Images

The Dutch secret service said it foiled an attempt by a Russian intelligence officer to infiltrate the International Criminal Court in The Hague posing as a Brazilian intern.

The alleged spy tried to enter the Netherlands in April and was sent back to Brazil after being recognized as a danger to national security, the Dutch intelligence service, or the AIVD, said in a statement on Thursday. Covert access to the court’s building and systems would have been highly valuable to Russia because of the court’s investigations into the nation’s invasion of Ukraine, the AIVD said.