Latvia Probes TV Station Suspected Of Helping Russian troops

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(Last Updated On: 2022-12-03)

Latvia’s state security service has said it has begun probing statements made by independent Russian TV station Dozhd because of suspicions it is helping pro-Moscow troops taking part in the Ukraine war.

Dozhd, or TV Rain, is broadcasting from Latvia and elsewhere after Russian authorities forced the closure of its Moscow studio on the grounds it had deliberately spread false information about Russia’s troops in Ukraine.

The state security service has now said that a moderator on a Dozhd news broadcast had expressed hope the station had already helped provide many Russian soldiers with basic equipment and amenities.

“The statements … raise suspicion about the TV channel providing assistance to the soldiers of Russia’s occupying forces,” it said in a news release.

“No provision of support to the aggressor Russia is justifiable,” it said, adding that anyone helping the Russian forces was subject to criminal liability.

The service said it had repeatedly warned policy makers about the challenges “emanating from Russia’s so-called independent media relocating their activity to Latvia”, saying they posed intelligence risks.

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