Latvian MEP turned out to be a Russian intelligence agent: she had two handlers - The Insider

Oleksiy LutykovPolitics
Latvian MEP turned out to be a Russian intelligence agent

Member of the European Parliament Tatiana Zdanoka turned out to be an agent of Russian intelligence and between 2004 and 2017 was subordinated to two different supervisors from the aggressor country. For many years, the politician openly defended Moscow's interests both in Riga and Strasbourg.

The Latvian MP's connection with Russian intelligence was confirmed by emails in which investigators found explicit and detailed reports from Zdanoka to her handlers about her work as a European lawmaker. This was reported by The Insider.

The investigation revealed that the Latvian MP's work for the Kremlin was related to the promotion of pro-Kremlin sentiment in her native Baltic region. In particular, one of the emails referred to a personal meeting in Moscow or Brussels between Zdanoka and her Russian handler.

She also requested funding from Russian sources to support her political activities in Latvia and the European Parliament. Moreover, the journalists found out that the MP asked for money to organize a rally "in honor of the victory of the Red Army" in World War II.

It is noteworthy that the investigators tried to find out about Zdanoka's ties to Russian intelligence. However, she replied that the journalists were using information that they "by definition should not have".

Despite avoiding an answer, the journalists even managed to find out some details about the Latvian MP's Russian handlers. The Insider confirmed that two of Zdanoka's handlers were officers of the Russian Federal Security Service. Judging by the emails, her first curator was a veteran FSB officer from the St. Petersburg office, 74-year-old Dmitry Gladei, who supervised the MP from 2004 to 2013. After 2013, Zdanoka maintained regular contact with another FSB officer, Sergei Beltyukov.

Later, Zdanoka admitted that she knew Dmitry Gladey, but claimed that she had crossed paths with him back in the 1970s at a tourist base in the North Caucasus, where they learned to ski. The MP also denied knowing that Gladey was a Russian spy.

It is worth noting that in 2014, Zdanoka visited the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to act as an "international observer" at the so-called "referendum" organized by the aggressor country Russia to annex the Ukrainian peninsula. Two years later, Zdanoka traveled to Syria, where she held talks with dictator Bashar al-Assad. During the MEP's visit to Damascus, Russia's direct military intervention was already supporting the Assad regime in its fight for survival against Western-backed rebel forces.

At the time, the European Parliament refused to pay for Zdanoka's trip because Assad and his entourage were under EU sanctions. In addition, on March 2, 2022, Zdanoka was one of 13 MEPs who voted against the European Parliament's resolution condemning Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

It is worth reminding that an agent of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces has settled in the Belgian capital of Brussels, just a few kilometers from the offices of the European Commission and NATO. While living in the Belgian capital, Viktor Labin provides the Russian military-industrial complex with coordinate measuring machines, which are indispensable in the production of weapons.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the former Russian GRU major and senior instructor of the Wagner PMC flew to Amsterdam and requested political asylum in the Netherlands. He expressed his readiness to appear before the International Criminal Court in The Hague and testify against Russia's war crimes.

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