Witnesses of war crimes called to testify at Latvian State Security Service

On March 15, the National Security Service (VDD) initiated criminal proceedings on war crimes and crimes against humanity and peace in Ukraine committed by the armed forces of the Russian Federation, said the service. In the context of the Ukraine war, refugees are called upon to testify against the offenses of Russian forces.

Criminal proceedings have been initiated following the provisions of the Criminal Law on crimes against humanity, crimes against peace and war crimes.

VDD calls on all war refugees, who have physically suffered from an attack of Russian armed forces or have witnessed an attack of Russian armed forces on civilians or civilian entities, to contact VDD. In particular, VDD calls on persons who have recorded the said activities in photo, video, or audio formats. VDD also calls on Latvian nationals who have suffered from the Russian armed forces' criminal activities in Ukraine, to report to VDD.

The eyewitnesses of the crimes committed by the Russian armed forces can report to VDD by email [email protected] or by providing their contact information by phone at +371 6720 8964 (24/7). It is also possible to turn to the Latvian State Border Guard officials at the refugee support centers to indicate the wish to testify.

VDD has prepared information materials for war refugees about cases when testifying is especially significant as well as ways to give testimony. The informative material will be available at the refugee support centers in Latvia.

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