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Former Russian propagandist surrendered to Latvian intelligence services – media

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New Europe said Marat Kesse came “not empty-handed,” but with gifts for the Latvian intelligence services.

Latvian political scientist and former Russian journalist Marat Kasem, who worked for a propaganda publication Sputnik Lithuania, surrendered to Latvian special services. He said he did not intend to return to Russia. This was reported on Thursday, February 15, by the Telegram channel of the Russian publication Astra, which positions itself as independent.

The media recalled that last year a Latvian citizen, editor-in-chief, was arrested on the border of the Russian Federation and Latvia on suspicion of espionage. Sputnik Lithuania Marat Kasem. The Russian Foreign Ministry called it a “violation of human rights and freedoms.”

Russian propagandists then demonstrated in front of the Latvian Embassy with posters reading “Marat, we are with you” and “Hands off Russian journalists.”

According to journalists, Kasem paid 15 thousand euros for the illegal support of the Russian Federation and will not return to Russia. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the journalist allegedly “feared the continuation of criminal proceedings, took the opportunity and left this country.”

Correspondent New Europe Ilya Azar, who interviewed Kasem, said that after the start of the war, the editor-in-chief Sputnik Lithuania He seems to have “seen the light” and decided that he “doesn’t want to have anything to do with the Latvian regime that threatens his homeland.”

“From Russia to Latvia, as Kasem said, he came “not empty handed,” but with gifts for Latvian special services, whose mercy he deliberately surrendered,” the journalist said.

Let’s remember that on August 31, 2023, in an interview with the Delfi portal, Kasem said that while working for Russian propagandist Dmitry Kiselev, he “did dirty work and earned a little.” Kasem admitted that he had no plans to return to Russia, but a few hours after publication the interview was withdrawn.

Among Marat Kesem’s “support team” is Dmitry Kiselev.

Let’s remember that the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is creating the information conditions for the upcoming escalation against the Baltic countries. Putin said that Latvia and other Baltic countries are “throwing out ethnic Russians” from their countries and that this situation “directly affects the security of Russia.”

Earlier it was reported that the Baltic countries are planning to create common defense zones on the border of the Russian Federation.

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Source: korrespondent

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