The security police did not find any signs of unlawful influence on voters in the elections to the 13th Saeima, which were held this fall.
All the checks in connection with the parliamentary elections were completed, and in no case were there any signs of a crime, and accordingly, not a single criminal process was initiated.
Most of the signals were received for individual possible shortcomings during the elections, which, thanks to public vigilance and the actions of the PB, were eliminated, the Security Police said.
In total, 86 signals were received about possible violations during the elections to the 13th Saeima.
On the eve of the elections to the Seima, the Security Police feared that immediately before the vote or during the process, foreign intelligence agencies would try to hack the information networks in Latvia, and were preparing to repel possible cyber threats. The Latvian Foreign Ministry, in turn, reported that diplomats were preparing to fight lawbreakers in social networks, if necessary.
And if the departments chose some vague wording regarding who they were going to defend themselves from, then individual politicians explicitly stated that it was only to Russia’s advantage to intervene in the Latvian elections. The “increased risks of interference from Russia” was announced by the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, and the deputy from the Unity Party faction, the head of the Saeima commission on defense, internal affairs and the fight against corruption, Ainars Latkovskis, and the head of the Bureau for the Defense of Satversme (Constitution) (BZS), Janis Maizitis , and the head of the Saeima on national security, Inese Libinya-Egnere (“Unity”), and the deputy of the Latvian Saeima from the National Association, Edvins Shnore.
However, as follows from the statement of the Security Police, it was confirmed that Moscow had long and stubbornly explained to international partners: it did not plan or authorize any cyber attacks and interferences in electoral processes in other states.