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Latvian Saeima allows arrest of MP Janis Adamsons on suspicion of espionage for Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Adamsons is suspected of handing over to Russia both publicly available documents - various amendments to the law, information on military procurement and the budget, and information on the Baltic Assembly's position against Nord Stream 2
13:20, 11 June 2021

LETA

In Latvia, members of the Saeima voted to allow the arrest of their colleague Janis Adamsons and to search his home on suspicion of spying for Russia. LSM reported this.

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The Saeima made the decision after hearing the report of the Mandates, Ethics and Submissions Committee, which was presented to the Parliament by the Chairperson of the Commission Janina Kursite-Pakule (National Union). She stated that the commission was considering the application of the Prosecutor General's Office.

Adamson is suspected of passing information to Russia during the last four years. Unofficially, Adamson has handed over both publicly available documents - various amendments to the law, information on army procurement and budget, and provided information after visiting the country's eastern border, informing about the position of the Baltic Assembly against Nord Stream 2. Also, according to unofficial information, he used his parliamentary computer to transmit the information.

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Maris Kucinskis (Greens and Farmers' Union), Chairman of the National Security Commission of the Saeima, emphasized to LETA that there was serious evidence in the Adamson case, which shows that the suspicion of espionage in favor of Russia is justified.

Adamsons himself denies allegations of data transfers to Russia. He stated that the only transfer of information was his interviews.

As a former USSR border guard officer, Adamson has been receiving a military pension paid by Russia for years. In recent years, its amount has been 8,400 euros a year or 700 euros a month. This is what the politician considers to be the reason for instituting proceedings against him.

Related: Russia arrests man in Crimea under suspicion of alleged spying for Ukraine

As it was reported, in May, in Denmark, a 36-year-old Russian man was sentenced to three years in prison for spying for Russia. 

Earlier, Bulgarian security officials had charged six Bulgarians, including several senior officials in the defense ministry and in military intelligence, with espionage for Russia.

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