Does the revelation of a spy in the European Parliament open the door to other surprises?

The American “Daily Beast” news site reported that a member of the European Parliament had been accused of spying for Russia, noting that this opens a wide door of surprises with secrets that are not authorized to be published. it was done.

The website indicated that Europe's lawmakers were shocked by allegations that Tatiana Zdanuka, a member of the European Parliament representing Latvia, was secretly working as a spy for Russia.

According to an investigative investigation conducted by the newspaper “The Insider”, the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism “Rebaltika” and the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Shadanuka traveled between Moscow and Brussels to organize personal meetings with his contacts in the Russian intelligence services. Work done. Headquarters of the European Union).

correspondence and finance

The investigative report cites emails and other correspondence alleging that Shadanuka also requested funding from Russian intelligence officers and, on several occasions, exchanged draft initiatives and press releases with them.

Shannon Vavra, the Daily Beast's national security correspondent, reports that the European Parliament has launched an investigation into the matter, and Latvian lawmakers are warning of the presence of other spies among their ranks.

The American newspaper “Politico” reported that 3 members of the European Parliament – Sandra Kalnit, Roberts Zell and Ivars Ijabaz – wrote in a letter that they are convinced that Zdanuka is not an isolated case, and “are also other members of the European Parliament.” Parliament… which serves Russia's interests on behalf of Russia.” Baptized. He continued to say that there was “public interference, voting records, organized events, as well as covert activities.”

policy review

The head of the Legal Affairs Committee and Spanish MP, Adrián Vázquez Lázara, called for a review process to determine the policies that allowed Shadanuka to commit this sin.

“It would be unacceptable if Kremlin-paid proxies were working to destroy European democracy from within. Any ties to Russia and its followers must be exposed and prosecuted,” Lazzara said on social media. Should be done.”

As the Daily Beast reports, Russia has always had good sources of information in European countries, and Shadanuka is by no means alone. Authorities in Estonia recently arrested a professor on charges of spying for Russia. Last year, a former intelligence agent was sentenced to prison for passing sensitive information to Russia.

In 2022, German authorities arrested a man from the country's foreign intelligence agency on charges of sharing secrets with Moscow. A Hungarian member of the European Parliament was accused of spying for the EU for Russia in 2017. There are several other recent examples, from Austria to Poland, the US news site reports.

Russia recruits spies in large numbers

Bill Evanina, the former head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, told The Daily Beast that Russia “spends a lot of time, effort, and resources recruiting agents not only from NATO countries, but also from neighboring countries, intelligence services, and political bodies.” ” At the lower level.” Because they believe that they will reach the highest positions.”

European countries have collectively expelled nearly 400 Russian spies since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, according to Britain's Foreign Intelligence Service (MI6).

Long service in the European Parliament

Šdanuka represented his country Latvia in the European Parliament from 2004 to 2018 and from 2019 to present.

The American website, citing an investigation by The Insider newspaper, indicated that Zdanuka secretly communicated with two of his handlers. She initially collaborated with a man named Dmitry Glady, after which the latter introduced her – via email – to another man named Sergei Krasin, who has the same name. Borrowed. Both men were reportedly officers of the Russian Federal Security Service.

In correspondence, Shadanoka sent information he described as “reports” and sometimes claimed his ostensible mission of intelligence gathering as “promised information”.

It is not entirely clear, at the present time, what will happen to Šdanuka, as he enjoys parliamentary immunity from prosecution, but as the “Daily Beast” reports, his fate in Latvia seems fraught with danger.

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