A Latvian MEP allied with the Catalan independence movement is accused of working for Russian Intelligence

02/25/2022 The president of the delegation of the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament, Tatjana Zdanoka, responds to the media after an inspection of the Mar Menor, on February 25, 2022, in Murcia (Spain). The European delegation visits the natural environment of the Mar Menor again for the third day to analyze the causes of the degradation of its ecosystem. The Murcia saltwater lagoon, the largest in Spain, is suffering from an environmental disaster. Since before 2015, last August more than 15 tons of dead fish and algae appeared overnight due to the lack of oxygen and salt. The objective of this visit is to inspect the state of the ecosystem and then capture the environmental crisis in the area in a report and propose a series of recommendations to the European Commission to recover it. POLITICS Edu Botella – Europa Press

The Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka, an ally of the Catalan independence movement, collaborated for two decades with the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia, according to a journalistic investigation that collects the emails exchanged between the politician and her links in Moscow, for example arrange face-to-face meetings or report on the initiatives adopted to disseminate pro-Russian messages. The investigation, published this Monday by ‘The Insider’ magazine and in which other media from the Baltic and Nordic countries participate, reveals that Zdanoka has been an asset of Russian Intelligence since at least 2004, when he began to maintain contacts with a veteran FSB member identified as Dimitri Gladey. She would be her liaison until 2013, when the MEP started talking to another agent, Sergei Beltiukov. The MEP even asked for money to finance her political work, both in Latvia and in the European Parliament. According to the investigation, on at least one occasion she requested funds for a rally in which she wanted to commemorate the victory of the Soviet Army in World War II. Zdanoka has claimed that he knows “thousands of people” and, although he has said that he has no contacts with a person named Beltiukov – he could have used a code name – he has confirmed that he saw Gladey for the first time. in the early seventies”, during some ski lessons. She has clarified, however, that she is not aware that he is a Russian spy. Zdanoka, whose family is of Russian origin, appears as a non-attached MP in the European Chamber, after she was removed from the Greens/European Free Alliance group for her questioned defense of Russian policies. For the vice president of the group, Alice Bah Kuhnke, the information that has now emerged is “terrible” but “does not come as a surprise,” as she has declared to ‘The Insider’, a media outlet founded by a Russian opponent. The MEP has publicly supported Catalan pro-independence politicians and has held meetings in Brussels with several of them, including the leader of ERC, Oril Junqueras, after he had been pardoned. She also questioned the imprisonment of the current general coordinator of EH Bildu, Arnaldo Otegi. Furthermore, in February 2022, she led the mission of MEPs to examine the situation in the Mar Menor, in Murcia, and meet with authorities and organizations in the area.

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