Spy caught in December worked for Russia, say Security Police

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A spy arrested by Latvian authorities in December was collecting intelligence on Latvia's military objects and the border between Russia and Latvia, Latvia's secret police service, the Security Police, said February 7.

"Information obtained during investigation says that a Latvian citizen collected information about National Armed Forces' military objects and the situation on the border between Latvia and Russia," the Security Police said.

"Despite the wide operational resources at the disposal of Russian security services, they are still interested in obtaining intelligence information that can be acquired only by a human being located near the objects that interest Russian secret services.. ," said the Security Police.

"Russian security services continue recruiting Latvian residents on Russian soil, using several methods, covers and assistance requests, due to which the recruitee may initially even be ignorant of the recruiter's ties with Russian secret services," the security service said. 

The suspect is being held in custody pending trial, a measure approved at a court hearing, but due to the ongoing nature of the investigation no further comments are being released at this point, the statement concluded, along with a reminder that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

As previously reported by LSM, the Security Police have detained a Latvian national on suspicions of spying, and a court has ruled to keep the suspect in custody. A criminal probe over spying was started on December 19, 2017.

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