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Court continues viewing criminal case for the proposal to merge Latvia with Russia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Monday, 28 August, Riga Regional Court will continue viewing the criminal case on the proposal to add Latvia to Russia’s territory. The name of the suspect in this case is Maksims Koptelovs.

It should be said that the suspect’s request to change the security measure applied to him was declined during the July hearing. The court did satisfy the suspect’s and his defence attorney’s request to add additional documents to the case. The suspect’s requests about inviting a witness and a specialist to the hearing were kept undecided.

The security measure applied to Koptelovs is prohibition to leave the country.

It should also be mentioned that Koptelovs and his defence attorney have submitted an appeal of Riga City Kurzeme District Court’s ruling. The court sentenced the suspect to half a year in prison.

The criminal case was launched in relation to the petition posted on www.avaaz.org. This petition invites residents to sign in favour of Latvia’s merging with the Russian Federation. Koptelovs was the one who posted the petition. In it, he wrote that if Latvia becomes part of Russia, there will be enormous development perspectives, much larger than the ones in the EU. The author of the petition also promised larger wages, pension and benefits.

The man faces charges in accordance with the Criminal Law, specifically the section on public inviting to liquidate Latvia’s independence in order to merge Latvia with some other country. For committing such a crime, a person can be sentenced to up to three years in prison, community service or fine.

The case is investigated by Security Police. Authorities had previously noted that the suspect is not among any known supporters of Russia’s policy in Latvia.

The criminal process was launched on 17 March 2014. Still, authors did mention that this invitation has no value and is considered a joke.

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  1. Zerry says:

    Russia should first develope their own country. I don’t say Russia is a banana republic but who wants to join to banana republic. Maybe that Maksim himself.

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