Latvian citizen charged with supporting Russia's war effort

The Prosecutor's Office has charged a Latvian citizen with supporting the collection of financial funds and other material assets in order to hand them over to the soldiers of the Russian armed forces involved in the war in Ukraine, the LETA newswire reported August 28.

According to investigators, the accused is not the direct perpetrator of the crime, but is a supporter of such. Accordingly, the person is accused of supporting the collection of financial resources and other property, Ieva Šomina, press representative of the prosecutor's office, told LETA.

"The person is not charged with the collection and transfer, however, the pre-trial criminal proceedings have not yet been completed, so it would not be desirable to disclose any further details," Šomina added.

The criminal law on the financing of an armed conflict provides for a jail term of up to ten years if an individual is found guilty.

The criminal case was investigated by the State Security Service (VDD) before being transferred to the prosecutor's office. On August 4, the VDD reported that since the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces, the service has started a total of 22 criminal proceedings and has taken over four criminal proceedings from the State Police (VP) related to supporting Russian aggression and hate speech.

Until the beginning of August, the VDD has concluded the pre-trial investigation in five criminal trials, sending the materials obtained during the investigation to the prosecutor's office and prompting criminal prosecution against the suspected persons.

 

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