LSM previously reported on the publication of the Latvian-language version of the report, and now the English version of the same document has been made available.
The Annual Report aims to inform society about VDD’s work in 2022 and to provide an assessment of significant developments and their impact on Latvia’s national security interests.
"Analysis carried out by VDD points to significant damage caused to our country and society by Russia’s long-standing information influence measures. Kremlin propaganda, which for years has been directly available in Russian to the Russian-speaking public, has contributed to a distorted, unrealistic perception of the world in this part of society," says the introduction by VDD director general Normunds Mežviets.
The VDD Annual Report includes information about the main areas of activity of VDD: counterintelligence, protection of official secrets, protection of the constitutional order, security of the information space, economic security, counterterrorism, pre-trial investigation and dignitary protection.
The VDD is one of three national security services in Latvia. The others are the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB) and the Defense Intelligence and Security Service (MIDD). SAB has also reported on its 2022 activities, whereas the MIDD's report is not made publicly available.
The 70-page Annual Report about VDD’s activities in 2022 is available to download for free here.