Two Russians were convicted of illegally entering a Latvian military base

On July 27, the Latvian court issued a final judgment on case of two Russians who had infiltrated the Adazi military base, reported Alexander Kurkin and Andrei Popko admitted that they were guilty of hooliganism.

The Latvian political party leader and pro-Russian activist Vladimir Linderman was accused of complicity in the crime. Linderman maintained his innocence.

Popko and Kurkin were sentenced to nearly 4 months of imprisonment. They had already served some of this time during the period of their arrest. They were initially suspected of espionage and attempted terrorist actions but the accusations were re-qualified.

The incident happened during the Saber Strike 2015 NATO military exercises in which US servicemen took part. During the pre-trial investigation, it was established that the Russian citizens, having conducted preliminary training, infiltrated the military facility of the National Armed Forces in Adazi.

  Latvia, Adazi military base, espionage