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2019.08.09 15:56

Opposition calls on intelligence to investigate MP involved with Russian-led Orthodox forum

Ignas Jačauskas, BNS2019.08.09 15:56

Lithuania's opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKS) have asked the country's State Security Department to evaluate MP Irina Rozova's participation in the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy in Tbilisi in June.

Three TS-LKS representatives at the Lithuanian parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense, including the party's leader Gabrielius Landsbergis, are asking the SSD to disclose if the department is aware of the MP's visit and also provide more information.

The Lithuanian politicians say they are responding to their Georgian counterparts' information after the latter stated that the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy "has been recently dominated by Moscow".

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"Are there any signs that the Kremlin is using this organization to reduce its international isolation, soften international sanctions and is using it as a platform for the expansion of "the Russian world", the HU-LCD representatives ask.

Rozova is a member of the Russian alliance and is a member of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance's political group in the Seimas. BNS has not managed to contact her on Friday.

Aurelija Katkuviene, spokeswoman for the SSD, told BNS the department had not received the MPs' letter yet but would provide information following its receipt pursuant to the laws.

The Russian Duma's Communist member Sergey Gavrlov's speech during an assembly event in Tbilisi sparked massive protests across the country.

In a letter to the Lithuanian Seimas' members, Giorgi Kandelaki, deputy chairman of the Georgian parliament's European Integration Committee, said the organization "has been recently dominated by Moscow", and involvement in its activity only helps Russia to implement its agenda.

"Although we are formally boycotting it for many years, we are in favor of Georgia's formal withdrawal and we call all our friends not to participate in this counterproductive activity," the letter reads.