2019.08.26 15:00

Opposition MPs call for probe into Russia's influence on Lithuanian politicians

BNS 2019.08.26 15:00

Conservative MPs have demanded an investigation into Moscow's influence on Lithuanian politicians following the controversy surrounding MP Irina Rozova's alleged ties with Moscow diplomats.

Conservative MPs part of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence (NSGK) have called to identify the ways in which Russian officials, through links to Rozova and possibly other Lithuanian politicians, tried to affect the Lithuanian political system, internal political processes, election campaigns and their funding, as well as the formation of party coalitions.

The statement also called to investigate whether Russia had any influence on MP Irina Rozova and members of her Polish-minority group, led by MEP Valdemar Tomaševski.

A parliamentary investigation should also consider if Rozova deserves impeachment.

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Rozova is a member of the Russian Alliance, which is part of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance political group in Seimas.

BNS could not reach Rozova for comment.

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The information came to light after the security committee (NSGK) started looking into the circumstances surrounding Rozova's participation in the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO) event in Tbilisi that sparked mass protests in Georgia earlier in June.

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Earlier this month, the NSGK got acquainted with the information Lithuania's State Security Department (VSD) submitted to Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis in January, 2018 on Rozova's ties with Russian diplomats. The document recommends against granting the MP access to classified information.

According to VSD, Rozova attempted to get Russian diplomats involved to affect the formation of a ruling coalition at Vilnius City Municipal Council eight years ago. The report also states Rozova had contacts with Russian Consul General Vladimir Malygin, who was sent out of Lithuania in 2014.