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2019.07.11 16:00

Suspected Russian spy network found; Lithuania due to finish the case this year

BNS2019.07.11 16:00

Lithuanian prosecutors are set to finish the investigation into the spying case against Algirdas Paleckis, former leader of the Socialist People's Front, and several other persons this year, the delfi.lt news websites reports, citing law enforcement sources.

State Security Department (VSD) has traced other people, who also cooperated with Russian intelligence, according to delfi.lt journalists.

Paleckis and Deimantas Bertauskas, a Vilnius businessman who is also a suspect in the case, could have contacted Nikolai Filipchenko, an officer of Russia's security service FSB.

Convicted in 2017, Filipchenko tried to recruit Lithuania's VSD officers and also install wiretapping equipment in President Dalia Grybauskaitė's office and residence.

Law enforcement officials said in December 2018, that Paleckis was part of an unnamed "network of people," who are suspected of spying for Russia. Peleckis has been detained since October.

Established in 2008, the Socialist People's Front and its former leader Paleckis have been previously mentioned in public intelligence reports on threats to national security.

The people suspected of spying for Russia were allegedly collecting information on prosecutors and judges from the earlier landmark case, which saw 67 Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian citizens sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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