Latvian citizen who tried to recruit spy for Russia sought intelligence on State Security Service's staff and operations

  • 2020-03-04
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Latvian citizen who was detained last July for an attempt to recruit the State Security Service's official for spying for Russia, wanted to obtain intelligence on the State Security Service's personnel, structure and operations, LETA was told at the State Security Service.

The person in question wanted to use the State Security Service's official to obtain information for Russia's secret services on the State Security Service's counterintelligence activities and other classified information that foreign intelligence services might use to undermine Latvia's national security.

Representatives of the State Security Service indicated that this is the first criminal investigation the service has started over an attempt to recruit its official for spying for a foreign country.

The State Security Service would not give more detailed information about the case for now.

As reported, the State Security Service has asked the prosecutor's office to launch a criminal prosecution against a Latvian citizen for attempting to recruit a VDD official for spying for Russian special services.

The State Security Service has called on the prosecutor's office to hold this person responsible for illegal collecting of non-disclosable information for the purposes of transferring it or transferring thereof to a foreign state or foreign organization, either directly or through mediation of another person. Such an offense carries a jail term of 3-20 years.

The State Security Service said in its statement that the Latvian citizen on behalf of Russian special services attempted to recruit a State Security Service official, asking this official to collect and transfer non-disclosable information to the Russian special services.

The service launched a probe against the Latvian citizen on July 8, 2019, and during pre-trial information sufficient evidence has been collected. The person has been arrested.

A reported, since restoration of Latvia's independence, three criminal cases on spying for Russia have been sent to courts.