Also while staying in Canada, the manís academic research focused on Arctic security. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a bachelor in political science, before he moved on to the University of Calgary.
It was the Oslo-based newspaper VG together with investigative journalist network Bellingcat that revealed the manís link to Russiaís military intelligence, the GRU.
Before he changed his name to Josť†Assis Giammaria and got a new fake identity in Brazil, Mikhail Mikushin was registered at the address of the GRU academy in Moscow. He left Russia in 2006 but went back several times, like in June 2015 when his Russian driverís license was renewed, the Bellingcat insights could tell.
Bellingcat believes he at least holds the rank of Colonel with Russiaís military intelligence.
On Friday, the Police Security Service in Oslo charged Mikhail Mikushin with gathering illegal intelligence linked to state secrets. His claim to be Brazilian, when in reality is Russian, is part of the charges.
Mikushinís Norwegian lawyer, Marijana Lozic, said to VG that the suspect maintains he has not committed any crime. The court on Friday placed Mikusin in custody for four weeks.