The Portuguese police have warned about the leaking of data on Ukrainian refugees in the country by a Russian couple.
This Tuesday, the Judicial Police (PJ) carried out searches at the Setúbal City Hall, near Lisbon, after it came to light a few weeks ago that the people in charge of processing the asylum applications of the Ukrainian refugees were from Russia and had ties to the Kremlin.
Igor Khashin and his wife Yulia Kashina were associated with various immigrant reception associations, including the Association of Immigrants from Eastern Countries (Edinstvo), which worked with the Setúbal City Council.
According to Expresso, the mayor of the municipality, André Martins, from the CDU coalition (formed by the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and the Greens), decided to separate the couple, both with Russian and Portuguese dual nationality and linked to the city since before the war. But that did not prevent the mayor from being questioned.
The fact that Martins belongs to the CDU has further fueled the controversy, since the communists have maintained an unclear position on the conflict in Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion on February 24.
The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Ana Catarina Mendes, assured this Tuesday that the investigation will reach her ultimate consequences.
“I can guarantee that this Government will not allow the law to be violated or those who arrive in Portugal not to be treated with dignity and with respect,” Mendes explained in an appearance in Parliament.