Posts tagged as State Security Department

No risk of extremism either from right or left in Lithuania – Seimas committee chair

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Extremists do not pose any particular threat to Lithuania’s national security, the chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence (NSGD) has said. “There have been some manifestations that are known and monitored, but they do not represent any major risks to national security,” Dainius Gaižauskas told reporters after the committee’s meeting on Wednesday. The State Security Department briefed the NSGD on activities of far-left and far-right activists…

Seimas committee found that the State Security Department acted lawfully

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The State Security Department (VSD) did not break the law by collecting information about presidential candidates, a Lithuanian parliamentary committee found after investigating allegations against the intelligence agency of meddling in  politics  . However, the VSD must abandon the practice of giving verbal assignments to its staff to vet people, the Seimas’ Committee on National Security and Defence said on Monday. “The committee found that the VSD acted lawfully, in…

Lithuanian president to pay visit to State Security Department

Friday, September 13, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is set to pay a visit to the country’s State Security Department on Friday and will be introduced by its management to intelligence development priorities. Darius Jauniskis, head of he SSD, will introduce the president to ways to collect and analyze information and will also talk about the department’s activity in preventing risks and threats to national security, presidential spokesman Antanas Bubnelis told BNS Lithuania. It…

Lithuanian ministry asks security service to step in and assess Sigmen contracts

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry has asked Lithuanian State Security Department (SSD) to assist in assessing threats that may surface from the contracts held between Lithuanian Railways and private company Sigmen, a company owned by ex-KGB agent Yuri Simonenkov in Latvia, as reported by Lithuanian public media LRT. «We take any information about potential risks in the strategic company very seriously. We hope that SSD’s insights will help us to evaluate the situation objectively…

State Security Department presents its annual report

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lithuania’s intelligence bodies presented its annual in which it warned of increasing activity by China’s intelligence and security services in Lithuania. Nevertheless, as in previous reports, this year the report focuses on espionage activities by Russia and Belarus. In this year’s report Russia’s name was mentioned 434 times. However, the report warns that China’s intelligence and security services will expand their activities in Lithuania in the long term. Read full…

Week in Lithuania. Liberal Movement to turn to court over VSD statements

Monday, May 21, 2018

The board of Lithuania’s Liberal Movement has decided to turn to court over information published by the State Security Department (VSD), allegedly damaging the party’s reputation. «We have decided that we, as a party, have to turn to court over damage to our reputation and demand refutation of claims made in the SSD report,» the party’s leader Eugenijus Gentvilas said on Friday, May 18. In his words, the lawsuit will…

New threats to national security of Lithuania are identified

Friday, March 23, 2018

March 26, 1000hrs, assessment of national security threats, carried out jointly by the State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence, will be presented to the society and media representatives at the press conferece hall at the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (Gedimino Av. 53). The assessment will be presented during a press conference by Director of the State Security Department Darius Jauniškis…