Two detained on suspicion of cooperation with Russian military intelligence

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The State Security Service (VDD), in cooperation with the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIDD), has detained two persons suspected of continued cooperation with Russian military intelligence, providing it with confidential information about the State defence sector, the VDD said January 11.

“The counter-intelligence operations carried out are the result of close and productive cooperation between the VDD and MIDD, and their continued involvement in the activities directed against the State of Latvia has been avoided,” emphasized VDD Chief Executive Normunds Mežviets.

The detention of suspects took place last year in the framework of two criminal proceedings. The information obtained by the VDD shows that the persons allegedly met with representatives of Russian military intelligence in the territory of Russia.

The persons hold the status of a suspect and both are in custody.

The information obtained during VDD investigation allegedly shows that one of the persons used a range of contacts established in his or her professional activity to obtain, collect, analyze and transfer information to the Russian military intelligence service on the capabilities, procedures, plans and training of the National Armed Forces, procurement of the defense system, as well as activities of NATO extended presence forces in the territory of Latvia.

The procedural activities carried out by the VDD have resulted in a significant number of evidence, including documents and data media, which, in the assessment of the VDD, confirms the suspect's guilt in committing the incited criminal offence.

Another person detained in criminal proceedings is also suspected of continued cooperation with Russian military intelligence, providing information essential to Russian military interests.

In the interest of the investigation, the VDD does not currently provide further information.

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