In November of last year, the association of persons known as “Baltic Antifascists” began to expand and co-ordinate anti-Latvian national security activities using specially established communication groups on the “Telegram” messaging platform.
Criminal proceedings against the organization were initiated by the VDD on November 28, 2022. During the course of the investigation, VDD identified criminal activities of “Baltic antifascists” such as the illegal collection of undisclosed information on developments in Latvia with a view to transferring them to Russian special services, celebration and justification of Russia's war in Ukraine, as well as collection of financial resources and other resources to support the Russian army in Ukraine.
The service has also recorded calls circulated by the criminal organization to engage in hostilities in Ukraine on the Russian side.
VDD stated that responsibility for the management of a criminal organization and participation in the crimes committed by such an organization is provided for in Section 89.1, Paragraph two of the Criminal Law. Such a crime may be subject to life imprisonment or imprisonment for a period of ten to twenty years, with or without confiscation of property, with probation supervision for a period of up to three years.
VDD forwarded the so-called “Baltic Antifascist” case to the Public Prosecutor's Office with all the evidence gathered during the investigation.