The Committee on National Security and Defense's probe into unlawful influence on political processes in Lithuania involves five to six interest groups, the parliamentary committee's chairman said on Wednesday.
Vytautas Bakas
© DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

"(The available material) shows interest groups aiming to establishing themselves or influencing the strategic sectors of the state. These centers of power have always been in place, only their names have changed," Vytautas Bakas told reporters after the committee's meeting.

When asked how many interest groups the probe involved, he said that the committee had focused on "five to six main groups" active during the period covered in the probe.

When asked whether the activities of all of these groups had posed a threat to national security, Bakas said that "(when) a group that wasn't elected by anybody is able to adopt decisions in the state, that is a threat to national security".

He also confirmed that not all companies mentioned in the probe were Lithuanian-owned.

The committee earlier this week received a part of declassified information provided by the State Security Department as part of the investigation.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Early voting continues, kicks off at embassies

Early voting in Lithuania's presidential runoff and European Parliament elections continues in...

Police busted armed gang of 22 persons in international operation

Lithuania's police said on Wednesday it was involved in an international operation which led to...

Meilutyte retires from professional swimming

Lithuania's Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte announced her decision on Wednesday to end her...

Former Estonian president shares his insights why US is behind in digital breakthrough

Colorful and always with a smile on his face. This is how many people remember a former Estonian...

Planes were too close during Marijampole incident but there was no real threat

Several planes got too close over Lithuania's southern city of Marijampole in April but there was no...