Lat­vian in­tel­li­gence: Rus­sia has not achieved con­sol­i­da­tion of com­pa­tri­ots

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

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.

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