A court in Riga arrested Janis Adamsons, a member of the oppositional Social Democratic Party “Consent”. He is suspected of spying for Russia and, because of this, was deprived of his parliamentary immunity. The politician himself denies guilt and claims that he “has no idea” what he is accused of.
A case was initiated against Mr. Adamsons under Art. 85 of the Criminal Code of Latvia (espionage), according to the Latvian agency LETA. Under this article, you face imprisonment for a term of five years to life imprisonment (in case of disclosure of state secrets). According to the agency, the investigation believes that the politician has worked for Russia over the past four years. In particular, he could give the Russian side “public documents”, including information on military purchases and the budget. In addition, he allegedly informed Moscow about the position of the Baltic Assembly (an advisory body for cooperation between the parliaments of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) on Nord Stream 2. According to unofficial information, he used his parliamentary computer to transmit information.
In 1994-1995 Janis Adamsons headed the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Latvia. Now he works in the Diet Commission for Defense, Internal Affairs and Prevention of Corruption. As LETA wrote, the politician has no access to classified information.
Read more about the suspicions against the deputy in the Kommersant article “Summer Harvest of Spies”.