European Parliament opens investigation into Latvia member over Russia agent allegations – JURIST

In accordance with officers, the European Parliament (EP) opened an investigation Tuesday into Tatjana Ždanoka, a Latvian member of the meeting who has been accused of working as a Russian agent for a number of years. The MEP denies the allegations but it surely has sparked concern amongst the parliamentarians, with some saying that there could also be different Russian brokers performing throughout the organisation.

The net Russian newspaper, The Insider, working alongside different investigative journalism organisations in Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Sweden, made the allegations on Monday, alleging that Ždanoka had been working with Russian intelligence (the FSB) for no less than 15 years. They declare to have uncovered a sequence of emails, which included references to her work as an MEP, in addition to requesting “funding from Russian sources to underwrite her political actions in Latvia and the European Parliament.”

The publication of the report and the launch of the investigation have additionally prompted a number of different Latvian MEPs to subject a letter stating that they consider there are extra Russian spies within the European Parliament. In a tweet, Latvian MEP and former Overseas Minister Sandra Kalniete mentioned that “Having Russian brokers within the EP is a safety danger and a shame. Ždanoka will not be an remoted case, it’s time to get our home so as.”

Ždanoka had been expelled from the European Free Alliance (EFA) again in April 2022 after she refused to sentence Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. She additionally took half in a protest within the EP, carrying a t-shirt with the slogan “cease killing Donbas kids,” an accusation levelled at Ukraine by Russia, prompting its invasion. For the reason that information report was launched, the EFA has announced their determination to droop the Latvian-Russian Union (LRU) and that they intend to suggest its expulsion from the EFA. Of their assertion, the EFA mentioned that “any actions that threaten the EU’s independence or topic it to overseas influences are deeply regarding to us.”

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