The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its regret over the incident with the Norwegian consulate employee Elisabeth Ellingsen, who had an argument with hotel workers in Murmansk and said she hated the Russians.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is deeply saddened by this incident. The expressed feelings in no way reflect the Norwegian policy or the attitude of the Norwegians towards Russia and the Russian people, ”said Tuva Rones Bogsnes, representative of the press service of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The ministry promised to investigate the situation and take action.
On the morning of July 30, the Mash Telegram channel broadcast a video footage from a security camera in the lobby of the Murmansk Azimut hotel, where Ellingsen was infuriated by the quality of the services provided during his conversation with the hotel management. while shouting obscene words to employees.
Mash points out that the cause of the conflict was the hotel managers’ desire to wait for the maid to finish cleaning the room. They refused to give him another room.
“I hate Russians,” Ellingsen said, and said he would ask for a room key until it was given to him.
“How disgusting. And how do you decide if the room is clean? You know, I’m used to cleaning rooms, I’m Scandinavian. I’m not a random Russian woman. It’s not cleaning. Will I be able to sleep in this bed?” The diplomat was enraged.
Again he demanded to give her the key and said he would “stand at the door and watch” the maid clean it.
“I think this hotel is a disgrace and you all are a disgrace,” Ellingsen said.
According to Mash, the police began checking her statements. The diplomat faces criminal proceedings under the incitement to hatred clause (Article 282 of the Criminal Code).
Hotel chain Azimut Hotels, which owns the Murmansk hotel, commented on the RBC edition of the event. They said they respected “the ability of guests to express their opinions” but believed that “it is unacceptable to humiliate a person and in any way humiliate people’s dignity”.
Reaction from the Russian Foreign Ministry
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described Ellingsen’s behavior as a manifestation of hatred and nationalism.
“In the choice of words, the representative of a foreign state did not restrain himself, he revealed his evilness,” said Zakharova.
To him, in Ellingsen’s words, “hatred of a single nationality and undisguised national supremacy was evident.”
“The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working out options for responding to this outrageous act of hatred, nationalism and xenophobia. Unless, of course, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs comes before us. What would be right, ”added Zakharova.
The governor of the Murmansk region, Andrey Chibis, commenting on the behavior of the Norwegian consulate employee, said that no one in Russia will tolerate Russian hostility.
“Everyone who hates Russians go to hell,” said the regional president.
State Duma deputy from the Murmansk region Tatyana Kusaiko, in an interview with the Podyom portal, expressed confidence that the right measures will be taken at the level of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in relation to the diplomat.
“If a representative of a Western country, located in Russia in the Murmansk region, allows such statements, he will talk about this culture and good breeding. Unfortunately, these are some narrow-minded views. “I don’t think this strange woman is dirty,” he said.
Elisabeth Ellingsen has been working at the Consulate since 2019. She also worked in the visa department in Murmansk in 2007-2008 she.
It is unknown when the video was shot with him. The Norwegian consulate in Murmansk has not been serving citizens since 1 July. Russians in Moscow and St. They can apply to the Consulate General in St. Petersburg.
The reason for the closure of the Consulate General was the restriction of cross-border cooperation programs and joint projects. As explained earlier in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there is no point in continuing to work as usual in the face of an almost complete lack of activity.