Arrest made concerning glorification of Russia's war crimes

Latvia's State Security Service (VDD) said March 22 it has detained a person "who regularly published videos and posts acquitting and glorifying war crimes committed by Russia’s armed forces in Ukraine on YouTube, Telegram and other social networking sites."

The VDD initiated criminal proceedings to investigate the activities of the unamed individual on March 16, pursuant to Section 74 of the Criminal Law which concerns glorification of war and war crimes, and pursuant to Section 78 on triggering national and ethnic hatred.

"Analysis of the content created and published by the person shows – in the videos, the person regularly commented on the warfare of Russia’s armed forces in Ukraine by depicting the events according to Russia’s interests and glorifying the military tactics and crimes committed by Russia’s Armed Forces in Ukraine. In the content created by the detained person, VDD also established statements against Latvians and Latvia’s population," a VDD statement said. 

On 17 March 2022, VDD performed emergency procedural activities (which usually means a raid) on two sites, during which the person was detained. They are currently being held in custody.

"Within the procedural activities, VDD obtained large amount of data carriers and documents. Analysis of the obtained materials continues. The investigation is ongoing and VDD will provide additional information according to the course of criminal proceedings."

These criminal proceedings are one of four which were initiated by VDD on March 16. 

The VDD is one of the three Latvian security and intelligence services, along with the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB) and Defence Intelligence and Security Service (MIDD).

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