The Russian spy stopped penetrating the Ministry of Emergencies, according to Dutch intelligence

It has all the elements of a spy thriller: An accused Russian spy who invented his identity as a Brazilian. Create a complex cover story. And what the Dutch authorities say seems to have thwarted a conspiracy to gain access to the International Criminal Court as it investigates Russian war crimes.

These details emerged this week in a real-life case in which Dutch officials said 36-year-old Sergei Vladimirovich Cherkasov had spent years building an identity as a Brazilian citizen, hovering an autobiography that secured him an internship at The International Criminal Court in The Hague before Dutch authorities to blow up his cover.

According to Dutch intelligence, Mr. Cherkasov claims to be a Brazilian named Victor Mueller Ferreira and is getting an internship in court, using a detailed cover story that hides his ties to Russia’s military intelligence, the GRU

Mr. Cherkasov was due to start work in court, but was denied entry into the Netherlands at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in April after the AIVD, the Dutch intelligence agency, told immigration officials. He was sent back to Brazil and declared an “undesirable alien,” intelligence officials said in a statement Thursday. Officials did not say how they identified him as a spy.

The International Criminal Court is investigation of potential war crimes from Russia during its invasion of Ukraine, as well as the Russian-Georgian war in 2008.

“If this person had been given the chance to really work at the ICC, he could have gathered information, spotted sources (or recruited them) and gained access to digital systems,” the Dutch intelligence service said in a statement. The GRU is accused of cyberattacks for the United States and Ukraine.

The Dutch Intelligence Agency publish a document that it was said mr. Cherkasov probably wrote in 2010, setting out a cover story that includes specific details about the alleged origins of Mr. Ferreira, including which high school he attended and how many students attended the school; health information about his aunt; in love with a teacher; and how much rent he paid for an apartment in Brazil.

It can be difficult to understand what is true of such cover-up stories because they are often a mixture of true and false information, including personal observations that are difficult to refute, Dutch intelligence said.

The document obscures the names of the institutions and other details, although it appears to have links to Johns Hopkins University.

Eugene Finkel, born in Ukraine, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, writes on Twitter that Mr. Cherkasov was in his class and that he had written him a letter of recommendation: “Actually strong. Yes me. I wrote a reference letter for a GRU officer. I will never overcome this fact. ” Mr. Finkel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The International Criminal Court said it was “very grateful to the Netherlands for this important operation and, more generally, for uncovering security threats”.

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