Latvian intelligence: Russia has not achieved consolidation of compatriots
Despite all efforts, Russia has not achieved consolidation of its compatriots living in Latvia to implement the desired policy, still, it can be expected that in the future Russia will focus on the work with Latvia’s youth, the Latvian Security Police said in its report of the service’s performance last year.
The Security Police said in its report, that Russia continued to implement measures to attract Russians living in Latvia to activities of Russia’s compatriot policy. The socalled compatriot policy last year maintained the central role in development of Russia’s impact in countries with a high proportion of Russian population, posing risks also to the Latvian State.
Compatriots are viewed as activists and supporters of Russia’s foreign policy interests in their home countries, offering an opportunity for Russian institutions to secretly intervene in domestic affairs of these countries, the Security Police said.
The report said that Russia’s activities in Latvia have been implemented with financial, organizational and coordinational support of Russian institutions. The biggest support has been ensured by organizations NVS and Rossotrudnicestvo. The Security Police also has information that the funds involved in implementation of compatriot policy serve as a cover for activities of Russian secret services.
The Security Police believes that Russia is interested in strong, consolidated and controllable organizations and loyal nationals who would serve to implement Russia’s foreign policy interests and tasks in their home countries. However, the Russian community in Latvia is fragmented and Russia has not succeeded in its consolidation. The reasons for it include different interests of different social groups and growing awareness about the true goals of Russia’s compatriot policy.
Russia has now focused on attracting youth by organizing different events in Russia, promoting free-of-charge studies in Russia’s universities, but responsiveness of the Latvian youth to these efforts has been low so far.
The most visible pro-russian activists in Latvia are so-called anti-fascist leader Josifs Korens, leader of an organization named the Institute for European Studies, Aleksandrs Gaponenko, leader of the Non-citizens Committee and the organization Law Institute Conscentia Elizabete Krivcova, organization Perom representative Margarita Dragile and activist Bronislavs Zelcermans among others.