The State Security Service of Latvia sees risks in moving Russian journalists to Riga

The State Security Service (VDD) of Latvia has informed the country’s top officials about the risks associated with the operation of an increasing number of Russian media companies in Latvia.

According to Ukrinform, this is reported by the national LSM broadcaster.

“The State Security Service is constantly assessing the risks that arise from Russia’s purposeful and systematic attempts to influence the information space and the work of the media. VDD has been informed about the start of work of Russian independent media in Latvia. We can note that in this regard, the service has identified the risks for the Latvian information space, and the risks of intelligence activities, which are associated with the fact that work in the media has always been in the sphere of interests of the Russian special services,” reads a written response from VDD to a request from Latvijas Radio.

It is specified that the State Security Service informed the highest officials of Latvia about all this.

Earlier, Latvijas Radio prepared an article about journalists who came from Russia. In particular, it was reported that in five months more than 200 Russian journalists and 23 media organizations arrived in the country.

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As reported, after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Latvian National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP) stopped broadcasting many Russian and Belarusian TV channels in the country. It was emphasized that this was done to prevent threats to the security of Latvia.

On June 6, NEPLP decided to ban the distribution of the 80 Russian-registered TV channels that were still broadcast in Latvia. The banned channels included, in particular, the entertainment E TV, Illusion +, Kino24, Mir TV, Hunting and Fishing, Pepper, and Russian Illusion.

At the same time, the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd, which has ceased its activities in the Russian Federation, continues its work in Riga.

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