Police search European Parliament employee's home, offices over possible Russian interference

Police searched the offices and residence of an employee of the European Parliament on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether EU lawmakers were bribed to promote Russian propaganda to undermine support for Ukraine, prosecutors said.

Just days before European elections, Belgium’s federal prosecutor’s office said searches took place at the employee's apartment in Brussels. His parliamentary offices in the EU capital city and Strasbourg, where the EU Parliament’s headquarters are located in France, were also checked.

Belgian and French authorities, in partnership with the EU’s judicial cooperation agency Eurojust, carried out the operation.

Europe-wide polls to elect a new EU parliament are set for June 6-9.

An investigation was announced last month by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, who said his country’s intelligence service has confirmed the existence of a network trying to undermine support for Ukraine.

Prosecutors said they believe the employee played “a significant role in this.”

De Graaff said on the social media platform X that he and Pradoura were not contacted by authorities.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

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