Support The Moscow Times!

Dutch Police Arrest Suspect in Russian Embassy House Burglary

Dutch аuthorities have arrested a man suspected of breaking into a Russian Embassy apartment in The Hague last week, an incident that heightened already tense relations between Russia and the Netherlands.

The 43-year-old suspect was tracked down thanks to fingerprints left at the scene of the burglary and arrested at a restaurant on Wednesday night, police said. They added the man was a repeat offender and is being investigated for other burglaries in the same area.

Police said the suspect will appear in court on Friday.

Traces of a break-in were discovered on Oct. 17 at an apartment owned by the Russian Embassy. The Dutch Foreign Ministry said the burglary appeared to be a "normal" crime, contradicting speculation that the break-in might be a tit-for-tat reaction to an attack on a Dutch diplomat several days before.

Two men posing as electricians attacked senior Dutch diplomat Onno Elderenbosch at his Moscow apartment in early October, a week after Russian diplomat Dmitry Borodin was detained by police in The Hague on accusations that he had mistreated his children.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.