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Pro-Kremlin forces launch their activities in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFollowing the events in Ukraine and Crimea, pro-Kremlin forces have become active in Latvia as well. At the end of February, a socially-political organization was founded in Moscow called the Russian International (RusIntern). Its target countries include Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Estonia and others.

One of the first actions to be performed by this organization was the formation of self-defence units in Crimea. It was done in order to express support for Crimea’s joining of the Russian Federation. This organization promises to defend Russian schools and rights of non-citizens in Latvia. Among the founders of this organization, there is even a non-citizen of Latvia Sergei Malakhovsky, as reported by De facto programme of LTV.

When violence and death reined the streets of Kyiv, a special socially-political organization was formed with help from high-rank Russian officials in Moscow on February 19th. This organization was named RusIntern. It is said to be close to such Russian politicians as Vice-Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin and the head of the Russian Rodina party Aleksey Zhuravlev.

‘I believe this organization was formed in a way that allows it to have strong political backing. The people who are members of this organization have strong backing from Russian special services,’ – says deputy Chief of Latvian Security Police Juris Leitietis.

The name ‘RusIntern’ resembles the ‘Comintern’ communist organization, which was active in the beginning of the previous century and encouraged communists in the world to unite. RusIntern, on the other hand, encourages Russians in the world to unite.

Leaders of RusIntern regularly come forth with statements expressing their concern for Russians in the world, especially those living in countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. Latvia’s representative – Sergei Malakhovky – was present when this organization was formed. He expressed his deep gratitude to Kremlin politicians for this.

The appearance of this organization at this time is no coincidence. The first headquarters of RusIntern were opened in Crimea, where it started with forming self-defence brigades. The organization later promised to help with the issue of Russian passports.

The dossier of the head of RusIntern – Zhuravlev – states that its goal is the creation of complex socially-political structures. In order for this structure to contribute to the expansion of Russia’s influence, the organization has already found people in specific regions – Ukraine, Moldova and Baltic Countries. ‘We have acquired information that they are likely to try become active in Latvia in matters related to defence of interests of national minorities and Russian schools. What is even more important – they will try to get people to leave their homes and take it out to the streets by means of protest acts. This is why we will keep a close eye on activities of this organization,’ – says the head of Latvian Security Police.

One of the first mass gatherings organized by RusIntern in Latvia took place at the Latvian embassy in Moscow. People had gathered there to protest against Latvia’s decision to punish people who deny the fact Latvia was once occupied by the Soviet Union. Attempts were made to make it seem as though Latvia is ruled by a fascist regime.

‘When we look at what is currently happening in Ukraine and Baltic States, we cannot ignore it. We seek way of unification – this is our mission,’ – said Zhuravlev.

Non-citizen of Latvia Sergei Malakhovsky, who had signed the document regarding the foundation of RusIntern, holds military and journalism education. He currently represents anti-fascist organizations and is the head of baltijalv.lv portal.

Estonia has put Malakhovsky on its black list for his activities. Even though his name is not as popular as that of Yakov Pliner or Tatyana Zhdanok, Latvian Security Police keeps a close eye on him. ‘His resourcefulness, intellect and organizational talents should not be underestimated,’ – as SP refers to Malakhovsky.

The main area of interest of Malakhovsky’s activities in Latvia is the defence of Russian schools in Latvia. After nearly a decade of relative silence, this matter is now returning to the headlines. Even though talks regarding the expansion of Latvian language in Russian schools have only begun in the government, radicals are already saying that this means only Russian language lessons and Russian literature will be allowed to be taught in Russian.

Authorities believe one of the main objectives of RusIntern is the use of defiance of Russian organizations in the ruling government in post-Soviet countries.

SP emphasizes – Latvian politicians should keep in mind that it is much easier to make people come out to the streets to protest than it is to make them obey afterwards. The January 13th riots in Riga serve as a prime example.

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  1. Linda says:

    if these people love Russia so much they should return to Muscovy and live amongst their brethren. I’m certainly NOT learning Russian altho it may be useful to know the language of one’s enemy.

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  2. Dan says:

    Russian is not the language of any ones enemy, its just a language, Mr Putin and his henchmen are the problem, not the Russian speaking people nor the Russian people themselves. Putin is very clever in manipulating people, and he’s a master of propaganda. People should not listen to anything he says, he’s trying to turn everyone against each other, all for the benefit of his solely mad minded insane global empire, that he sees himself leading!

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  3. Tony says:

    Those russians have a lot of nerve making those demands from foreign governments, especially considering the terrible crimes they committed on Latvian people in world war 2. Say NO to Russia! And if russians don’t like it they can LEAVE!

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  4. Tim says:

    Jews do it all over the world to lobby a better image for Israel that has an atrocious human rights history. Why russians cant do it?

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    • Ivan says:

      Because Israel isn’t annexing lands with Jews. If Moscow wants to promote a pretty picture of Russians then go ahead, no one opposes that.

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      • Sergei says:

        But Israel has annexed land for the Jews – the entire west bank and the continued building of settlements etc on Palestinian land.

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      • Ben-Gurion says:

        Indeed. If only Russia were to annex lands without Russians, and replace the non-Russian people in those lands with Russians, then could it be comparable to Israel

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    • Forsanity says:

      The Russians outside Russia cannot do it simply because they are NOT living in Russia. Period!

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    • mark says:

      Because comparing Israel policies to Russia’s on human rights is ridiculous.- warts and all Israel’s policies are light years ahead from Russia- survey after international survey confirms that – I don’t remember Israel putting people in railcars and deporting them- like they did with the Balts,a Crimean Tartars- or starving to death mostly Ulkrainians in the 1930’s-

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    • Julian says:

      Moral relativism between Israel and USSR is morally bankrupt! Russians unfortunately have to learn like children to behave in a civilized moral way and first like Germany did in post 1945 acknowledge what they did was morally and criminally wrong and bring their own people to justice. Then their neighbors might start taking them seriously!

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  5. Linda says:

    Recommend that you read Iver Neumann’s “Russia and the Idea of Europe” this may illuminate the misguided Russian way of thinking. Russians throughout the centuries have always sought to extend their land to the detriment of the native populations. Russian Federation should be re-worded as the Fenno-Ugric Federation and Muscovy.

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  6. Julian says:

    I think that with the demographic problem Russia faces that they would be importing people but alas Russia major export other than oil and gas is shit disturbing for its sake!

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  7. publicenemy2u says:

    The Russians banned NGO’s, why let these operate?

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  8. Ярослав says:

    They either have to love their Baltic countries where they live, learn local languages, or, if not, then leave and go to their beloved Putin. Russians resist everything Ukrainian in Ukraine, even may call you a Nazi if you talk to them in Ukrainian. Слава Україні, слава Балтійцям!

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  9. Ivan says:

    MARK, you are spot on.If Russians love being Russian so much, go and live there. Leave the rest of the world in peace

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  10. Ligden says:

    Russland unter Leitung von Putin wird zu eine grosse Gefahr fuer nicht nur Europa,sondern fuer die ganze Welt geworden.Die Nostalgien ueber zerbrochene UdSSR,die die meisten Russen haben,wird mehr und mehr.Womit ist es verbunden,wahrscheinlich mit waechsenden Elend und Not des russischen Volkes.Es ist leichter die Aufmerksamkeit der Bevoelkerung in die außere Problemmen abzulenken,als das Lebensniveau des Volkes zu erhöhen.Da funktioniert die Politik Putins sehr erfolgsam.”die Russen im Ausland werden verfolgt!Ihre Rechte werden verletzt!man schlägt uns!man verbietet russische Sprache im Ausland!”-das ist genug für Russland um Militär Kräfte einzuführen.Im ganzen Russland herrscht eine Euphorie und Hysterie über vergangene Sovyet Union.

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  11. James says:

    Absolutely, the Russians need to step off. If Russians don’t like it they ought not to invade sovereign countries. With the new century it felt like we’d arrived at a new phase where it seemed like wars between western countries had became passé. Putin may well prove this assumption wrong, and the Syrians are demonstrating just how horrific modern war can be. Let’s not go there!

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  12. Andys says:

    if u marginalise ethnic minorities by dening them cittizeship,the funtamental rights to vote to serve a country in the army….u will have to deal with the consiquesces as such! Keeping as a contry
    a neutral aproach is clever and not weak! So i will sugest do what britain does integrate people not. marginalise them!

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    • Linda says:

      suggest you read your history relating to neutrality and small states during the interwar years in the 20th century. It don’t work mate!

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  13. Andys says:

    and bythe way to those who state atrocities by Russians let me remind them in 1940 250 thausant jewish people where executed by the assistance of Lithuanian Waffen SS Auxilary forces! 2thousant 500 children in one day in Kaunas so to those israelian readers do read a bit of history about ur nation :))))

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