Guns found in searches of pro-Russia volunteers from Ludza

The criminal investigation initiated last week by the Security Police (DP) into three men claiming to be from the town of Ludza who appeared in video posts from Donbass, armed to fight with pro-Russian forces, has uncovered a cache of guns and ammunition, information agency LETA reported Thursday.

Altogether seven searches have been conducted so far, revealing a number of confiscated objects, among them three firing weapons and ammunition, as well as a pneumatic gun. One of the weapons was being kept without a permit.

While declining to specify the locations of the searches, or whether the discovered arms could belong to any of the three men, the DP said its investigations would continue until a further decision is taken in the process.

The DP also declined to comment whether any of its officers have traveled to Ukraine to resolve issues in close cooperation with their local counterparts having to do with Latvians possibly taking part in armed separatist groups.

The DP confirmed last week that the identities of the men are known, two being citizens, one being a non-citizen. All of them had been noted by the DP for their ties to the National Bolshevik political movement in Latvia.

All three are now under criminal investigation for public exhortations to terrorism, as well as obtaining, possessing and carrying weapons. These are the first-ever criminal cases launched against someone accused of supporting terrorism. The punishment if convicted could reach up to an eight-year prison term.

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