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Europe’s Bombshell Spy Scandal Sparks Hunt for More Traitors

Posted on AllSides February 4th, 2024
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Lawmakers in Europe have been shaken by allegations that Tatjana Ždanoka, a Latvian member of the European Parliament, has been working undercover as a Russian spy.

Since at least 2003, Ždanoka worked to arrange in-person meetings with her Russian intelligence contacts, from Moscow to Brussels, according to a joint investigation conducted by The Insider, Delfi Estonia, the Re:Baltica journalism center, and Sweden’s Expressen newspaper. The investigation cites emails and other correspondence, and alleges that Ždanoka also requested funding from the intelligence officers, and shared draft initiatives and press releases with them on several occasions.

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