Latvian ex-Minister of the Interior was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for spying for Russia


According to the court, Ádamsons collected confidential information and passed it through Silonov to the Russian secret services. They concerned the work of Latvian government offices, security authorities and the military.

According to The Kyiv Independent, the prosecutor’s office said that Ádamsons was not interested in money and cooperated with the Russian secret services out of conviction.

The court also found Ádamsons guilty of abusing parliamentary allowances for travel expenses and of the unauthorized purchase and possession of ammunition.

Ádamsons denied passing information to the Russian secret services, but admitted that he knew Silonov. The ex-minister’s legal representative stated that he would appeal against the sentence.

Sixty-seven-year-old Ádamsons headed the Latvian Ministry of the Interior from 1994 to 1995 and was an MP for six terms. This representative of the Harmony party, a social democratic group representing the interests of the Russian-speaking population of Latvia, was arrested the summer before last. In the 1980s, Silonov served in the Soviet secret service KGB, the predecessor of today’s FSB.

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