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Trial of two Russian 'observers' arrested at Adazi military base put off until 2017

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn 27 September, Riga District Court decided to put off the viewing of the criminal case regarding the incident at Adazi military base involving two Russian citizens until 24 July 2017.

The court decided to put off the viewing of the criminal case because it was not possible to contact one of the witnesses.

This criminal case is viewed behind closed doors. In this criminal case, two Russian citizens – Aleksandr Kurkin and Andrei Popko – are accused of hooliganism and Vladimir Linderman is accused of supporting hooliganism. The Criminal Law provides suspension of freedom for up to five years, community service or fine.

In the investigation of this case, Security Police discovered that both Russian citizens had illegally entered a military base of Latvian Armed Forces in Adazi in June 2015. Evidence acquired during the investigation proved that a Latvian citizen had helped the two Russian citizens plan the whole affair.

SP previously held Popko and Kurkin suspect of spying and an attempt to perform an act of terrorism. Later, however, charges were reclassified as hooliganism. Linderman was arrested by SP shortly after Kurkin and Popko.

At the moment of the arrest, pamphlets written in English were found among the two Russian citizens’ possession. Responsibility for the incident was later taken by once a neo-fascist Russian National Bolshevik party’s successor – Other Russia party.

The incident took place during Saber Strike 2015 military exercises, which were attended by American soldiers.

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