VDD initiates criminal proceedings for providing assistance to Russia in actions directed against Latvia

On 28 November 2022 Latvian State Security Service (VDD) initiated criminal proceedings in connection with anti-state activities in "Telegram" channels that were carried out by persons calling themselves "Baltic anti-fascists".

These "Telegram" channels collect information about Latvian officials and other publicly known persons whose activities are directed against the interests of Russia. Information of a sensitive nature, for example, about the possible place of residence and family members of these persons is also being published on the said channels. The so-called "anti-fascists" indicate that the information would be handed over to the Russian intelligence and security services and other institutions of the aggressor state to take actions against these persons.

The criminal proceedings have been initiated pursuant to elements of crime stipulated in Section 811 of the Criminal Law – assistance to a foreign state in action directed against the Republic of Latvia.

The information at the disposal of the VDD shows that Latvian nationals currently residing in Russia are involved in these anti-state activities. According to VDD’s assessment, Russia uses these persons to implement propaganda and influence activities against the Republic of Latvia. The main goal of these activities is to influence the public opinion and the decision-making process in Latvia by exerting psychological pressure on Latvian officials, as well as other publicly known persons who in their political and social actions actively oppose Russia's aggressive war in Ukraine.

VDD has identified the Latvian nationals involved in these anti-state activities. When these persons arrive in Latvia, procedural actions will be taken against them.

Information prepared by VDD
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