Taxi driver accused of spying for 'Baltic Antifascists'

On October 16 this year, the State Security Service (VDD) urged the Prosecutor's Office to commence criminal proceedings against a taxi driver who, on behalf of the criminal organization “Baltic Antifascists” in Latvia, purposefully and systematically collected information against Latvia's national security interests for the Russian special services, the VDD said Thursday.

VDD has identified a total of 23 cases of espionage by the person during its investigation. The Latvian citizen maintained regular contact with the leaders of the criminal organization “Baltic antifascists”. The person regularly provided them with information regarding the personnel and equipment of the armed forces of Latvia and allied countries in the territory of Latvia.

The person also collected and handed over information about strategically important objects in the territory of Latvia to so-called “Baltic antifascists” and transferred information to the criminal organization about companies in Latvia that support Ukraine and oppose Russian aggression.

Obtaining information for a person was facilitated by the work of a taxi driver, which allowed a relatively unhindered stay near the airport, port and other strategically important objects.

THE VDD draws attention to the fact that involvement in crimes against Latvia's national security is subject to criminal liability.

The person was detained by the VDD on suspicion of espionage for Russia on August 15 this year. Several data carriers were detected at the place of residence of the person, as well as symbols confirming the pro-Kremlin ideological beliefs of the person, such as Russian and USSR flags.

For espionage, the Criminal Law provides for imprisonment for a period of three to 20 years.

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