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Latvia takes Russian agent who tried to recruite officer to spy for Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Latvian security service detained the culprit; he might face the prison term up to ten years
18:53, 3 March 2020

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A spy scandal took place in Latvia, as the pro-Kremlin agent tried to lure the country's secret service officer into spying for Russia. The Moscow Times reported that.

"The agent... contacted the Latvian officer to try to recruit him into handing over classified material that could then be used by Russia's secret services against Latvia but the agent has been arrested instead," Latvia's security service said in a statement as quoted by the outlet.

It appeared that the scandal occurred in July 2019, and the agent was arrested in November.

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"Russian espionage activity in Latvia — and its fellow Baltic states Estonia and Lithuania — has increased since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and tensions with the West have grown over its backing for rebels in eastern Ukraine. In 2018, Jurijs Stilve was found guilty of spying for Russia and got three years on probation, while railroad maintenance dispatcher Aleksandrs Krasnopjorovs was jailed for over three years for forwarding NATO video surveillance footage to Russia", reads the story. 

The suspect, if found guilty, could face ten years-long imprisonment. Meanwhile, Russia denies any allegations.

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