Security Service wants charges brought against Russian provocateurs

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Latvia's internal security service, the Security Police (DP), has 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, the LETA news agency reported Tuesday, citing Security Police sources.

Russian citizens Alexander Kurkin and Andrei 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 the far lighter accusation of 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.

Lindermans was the prime force behind a controversial 2014 referendum on Latvia adopting Russian as a second official state language - a move roundly rejected in the plebiscite.

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

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

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

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