A group of people suspected in the espionage in the interests of Russia was detained in Lithuania; ex-chairman of the Socialist People’s Front and ex-vice mayor of Vilnius Algidras Paletskis, who is under arrest since October, is among them. Lithuanian Prosecutor General’s Office made such statement, as Polske Radio reported.
The second suspect is ex-chairman of the pro-Soviet organization “Yedinstvo” (Unity, - 112.international), citizen of Russia Valery Ivanov. The names of other detainees were not announced.
According to Prosecutor General of Lithuania Evaldas Pasilis, the suspects “were connected with the political parties” not presented at the Lithuanian parliament. According to the prosecutor, it was established during the investigation that the “activity of the suspects threatens the national security.”
Director of State Security Department of Lithuania Darius Jauniskis emphasized that the detainees attempted to influence the political processes in the country.
“For that purpose, they recruited people, who directly or thanks to the mediators could create the programs of the political parties and their structures and promote the development of the Russian soft force in the country,” he said. They also used the mass media to influence the public opinion.
Ivanov was detained for illegal storage of weapons, but he was released on December 19.
The Socialist People’s Front and its ex-leader Paletskis were repreatedly called a threat to the national security in the reports of the Lithuanian intelligence.
Earlier, we reported that Slovakia expelled one of the Russian diplomats. The military intelligence defined that the Russian conducted espionage against Bratislava and NATO member states.