"They tried to recruit or contact us on about a dozen different occasions", the company’s Murmansk office CEO Atle Berge told the NRK news channel.
Berge and another employee, Kurt Sto, said they had refused to spy for Norway when they worked at the factory in the northwestern Russian city, but Russia found out and expelled them anyway.
The company invested about 200 million kroner to launch cement production in Murmansk in 2008. With the executives expelled, it says it has to manage the outlet from Norway. Berge will not be able to return to Russia for another seven years.