Russian provocateurs released from custody

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The Riga Vidzeme District Court today released from custody Russian citizens Alexander Kurkin and Andrei Popko, who have been charged with hooliganism for trespassing at the Adazi military base this past summer.

Kurkin's attorney Imma Jansone pointed out that she is satisfied with the court's decision, but did not comment in any more detail. She also could not say what type of security-measures will be applied to Kurkin and Popko.

As reported, the Security Police have turned to the Riga District Court with a request for charges to be brought against the two Russian citizens detained this summer trespassing at the Adazi military base, as well as a Latvian resident for assisting them, LETA was informed by the Security Police.

Kurkin and Popko, who were caught trespassing at the Adazi military base in June, will not be tried for spying and attempting to carry out terrorist activities, but hooliganism instead.

According to evidence uncovered in the investigation, these men were assisted in their activities by a Latvian resident - the controversial pro-Russian activist Vladimirs Lindermans, who has the status of a suspect in the criminal case.

If convicted, the suspects could face a sentence of up to five years in prison, community service or a fine.

LETA also reported, the two men who trespassed at the Adazi military base in early June used a ladder to get across a section of the fence surrounding Adazi military base, but soon after were detained by security guards who had spotted them.

Successor to the National Bolshevik Party - the "Another Russia" party, announced later that it was responsible for the antics.

The two under arrest had with them leaflets in the English language, and snapshots where the two are seen on the fence holding a large Georgiy ribbon-colored flag. Apparently the two had intended a demonstration of some sort, or at least, to hand out the leaflets.

The third accomplice in the incident managed to escape and fled Latvia. He entered Russia through Estonia.

It was also later revealed by the Diena daily that a third person - Konstantīns Makarovs - had been involved, who was filming the ordeal. Because Makarovs, who it seems was the only one equipped for 'espionage', had left, the espionage charge was added to the two Russian citizens by the Security Police.

While bolshevik activist Vladimirs Lindermans was tied to the case as he had arrived to the nearby town of Kadaga on a public bus, and in one of these cases he had "been noticed at the bus stop" where he had "hidden and looked at the fence of the Ādaži military base."

The "Saber Strike" international military exercises were taking place at the Adazi military base at the time.

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