Latvia's Security Service expects risks with dismantling of Soviet monument

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According to State Security Service (VDD), provocation cannot be excluded during the dismantling of the occupation-glorifying monument in Uzvaras Park, including the efforts of pro-Kremlin people to halt or delay the demolition of the monument, VDD told LETA August 11.

VDD is constantly following activities related to the forthcoming dismantling of the monument. In order to identify risks to national security, VDD shall assess developments related to the planned dismantling, both in Latvia and outside its borders.

VDD recalled that Russia has long used the monument and other Soviet army-glorifying objects installed in Latvia during the occupation years as important instruments in the impact activities directed against the country. These sites have served Russia in the justification of the interpretation of the events of World War II according to its foreign political interests, and to unite and tune the nationals living in Latvia in favor of Russia in order to increase the influence of the aggressor.

It is expected that during the dismantling of the monument, as in other events that do not match the interests of the Kremlin's foreign policy, the intensity and aggressiveness of informative measures against Latvia will increase, said the service.

In this case, the aim will be to continue to divide Latvian society, undermine faith in the Latvian State administration, as well as to promote tension and a sense of insecurity in various segments of Latvian society.

VDD, in cooperation with the State Police and other services, shall prepare various possible development scenarios during the dismantling of the monument, without further comment.

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