State Security Service cracks down on another pro-Kremlin activist

The State Security Service (VDD) has asked the court to arrest the pro-Kremlin activist Aleksandrs Žguns, according to information at LETA's disposal.

LETA later reported the court had obliged and Žguns had been arrested.

The VDD confirmed to LETA on April 4 that VDD had carried out “court-sanctioned procedural activities in Rīga in advance” on Monday. In the interest of the investigation, the Service did not make any further comments at this time.

According to “”, Žguns was a member of the association Rodina, which fought for the organization of the “Russian march” on May 9, as well as the “Pribaltijskij kazačij krug”. In 2014, LTV broadcast “De Facto” reported that Pribaltijskij kazačij krug, which is closely linked to a Russian government-backed, paramilitary organization, had attracted the attention of VDD.

According to LETA's archive, Žguns was already on trial in 2015 for attempting to find underground valuables at the Alūksne municipality Asari ancient burial ground. The court then sentenced the perpetrators to community service.

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