Security Service asks prosecutor's office to charge Grevcova with justifying war crimes committed by Russia

  • 2024-03-07
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA The State Security Service has asked the prosecutor's office to charge former Saeima member Glorija Grevcova (Alliance of Young Latvians) with justifying war crimes committed by Russia, the prosecutor's office informed LETA.

The Security Service opened criminal proceedings against Grevcova over a video posted by then MP on video sharing platform TikTok, in which she questioned accuracy of information presented to visitors of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.

During the investigation, the Security Service also found other video messages posted on social networking sites by Grevcova, in which she attempted to justify war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.

As reported, at the end of January 2023 the Security Service concluded an investigation into public statements made by Grevcova, then of the Stability party, during a visit to the Latvian Occupation Museum, deciding to open criminal proceedings for alleged gross disparagement of the occupation of Latvia by the USSR and Nazi Germany.

A video message in Russian was posted on Grevcova's TikTok account and later deleted, in which the politician said she had come to the "so-called Occupation Museum". Grevcova claimed in the video that the museum "did not match the facts" and that the guide was telling a "parallel, fictional history".

"What kind of museum is this and why, for what purpose? (...) We looked at all the exhibits and we realized - how we are being fooled, how we are being fooled," Grevcova, who called what she saw in the museum "real propaganda", said in the video.

Grevcova also claimed in one of her TikTok videos that Ukraine is in a civil war, a civil war according to all norms and canons, with the Ukrainian people fighting against the Ukrainian army.

"That's all I know. So don't speculate here and tell me that Russia is attacking somebody. I know what is happening, I see Ukrainians fighting against their own people, but by all standards it is a civil war," Grevcova was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has refused to initiate cassation proceedings in the criminal case in which Grevcova, who was elected to the 14th Saeima, was accused of providing false information to the Central Election Commission. The Riga City Court's verdict, which found Grevcova guilty and punished her with 160 hours of community service, has come into force, and she has lost her seat in parliament.