Latvian authorities: Belarus diaspora closely watched by Minsk intel agents

Riga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis and Lithuania’s FM Edgars Rinkēvičs replacing official red-green flag by ‘opposition’ white-red-white flige. Riga, 24 May 2021. Photo: Mārtiņš Staķis / Twitter

Belarus’ secret services continue their teeming activity in Latvia, reports with reference to the local Internal Security Service (VDD).

Spies are reportedly tasked with studying and analysing the attitude of the Belarusian diaspora in Latvia towards political processes in their native country. Belarusian security agencies also played their role in fostering the migration crisis at the Belarusian-Latvian border, VDD states. According to Latvian counterintelligence, Belarusian secret services intend to continue operating in Latvia in order to strengthen Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s positions there.

The Latvian authorities keep opposing the Lukashenka regime: they did not recognise the rigged presidential election in 2020, withdrew from cooperation with Belarusian officials in organising the world ice hockey championship, adopted sanctions against Belarus. Since the end of December 2021, the Latvian customs service has been barring rail transportation means carrying Belarusian petroleum products produced by blacklisted plants from entering the country.

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