Netherlands agency says it foiled Russian spy attempt to infiltrate ICC
18 June 2022 | 12:09 pm
Dutch authorities said a Russian spy assuming a false Brazilian identity had attempted to gain access to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
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