2019.09.24 16:00

Lithuanian parliament will probe MP Rozova's ties with Russian diplomats

BNS 2019.09.24 16:00

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, on Tuesday authorized its Committee on National Security and Defence (NSGK) to conduct a parliamentary investigation into possible national security implications of MP Irina Rozova's ties with Russian diplomats.  

The draft resolution was adopted with 86 votes in favour, one against, and 12 abstentions.

NSGK has until December 1 to complete the investigation, which will also look into whether the information about Rozova's ties that the State Security Department (VSD) provided to Viktoras Pranckietis, the Speaker of Seimas, and some other MPs was properly used.

Members of the opposition are concerned that the probe will thus become an instrument against political rivals.

NSGK decided to initiate the parliamentary investigation into MP Rozova's allegedly concealed ties with Russian diplomats after its members got acquainted with the VSD report submitted to Pranckietis in January 2018.

In the report, the intelligence agency recommended that the lawmaker be denied access to classified information.

The report says that Rozova and Russian diplomats discussed financial support for her party, the Russian Alliance, and that she had contacts with Russian Consul General Vladimir Malygin who was sent out of Lithuania in 2014.

The lawmaker insists that her contacts with Russian diplomats were not personal, therefore, she did not have to report them to the VSD when applying for access to classified material.

Rozova is a member of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance's political group in Seimas.