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Russia should look in mirror, Latvian Foreign Ministry says responding to Putin's comments

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Acts of aggressive nationalism, all forms of extremism and intolerance are increasing in Russia at a frightening scale as observed by respectable international organisations, therefore it is time for Russia to look in the mirror, says the Press Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to this week’s visit to Serbia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said to Serbian daily Politika that expression of Nazism has become an every-day thing in Latvia and other Baltic states and expressed a view that Russia would not allow «heroisation of Fascism».

Commenting on Putin’s remarks, Foreign Ministry press secretary Kārlis Eihenbaums, said that such rhetoric relates in no way to the reality in Latvia.

«Unfortunately, it has been sounding from the mouths of Russia’s officials for years. It is part of the information war commenced by Russia against the Baltic and other democratic states. It does not astonish or surprise anyone, who is informed and unbiased,» Eihenbaums explained.

Press Secretary noted Russia uses the line of «the rebirth of neo-Nazism» for numerous purposes at once – to exert political pressure and to distract attention from its internal problems.

«Aggression against Ukraine is another example, where this line is used as a pretext for destroying the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state. Russia should look at itself in the mirror. (..) Instead of fighting aggressive nationalism, intolerance and extremism in its country, people among its countrymen who try to express alternative views on state policies are being limited and are labelled extremists by Russia,» added the State Secretary.


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  1. Linda says:

    if you’re not pro-Russian then you’re a Nazi. …. how ignorant and bigoted can Russia be.

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  2. Brian says:

    I have read many of the laws that are in force in Russia. Free speech and tolerance of minorities, either through nationality or sexuality, is not allowed.

    Putin complains bitterly about what is happening to Russians overseas, and also lies about Russia’s sponsorship of terrorism in the Ukraine.

    Because Russia restricts free speech in its own country, lies and propaganda work formulating the opinions of Russian citizens,

    The rest of the world can plainly that Putin is a bare faced liar.

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  3. Oyvind Ursin Kavag says:

    Why is it so that none of the countries that was under the “protection” of the Soviet Union and later have tuned towards the West, today wish to be domated by Russia? I think I know the answer. So does obviously press secretary Kārlis Eihenbaums. Reading history of Europe after WW 2 it is also interesting how as well the communists as today Russia mixes the two words Fascism and Nazism.

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    • Linda says:

      no country has ever wanted to be dominated by another especially not those from the former eastern bloc – ex USSR. The only ones that are currently in the Commonwealth of Independent States – with Russia as dominant country are there with puppet pro-Rus regimes – mainly dictatorial. The associate members are not ratifying their agreements – these are Moldava and Ukraine. The problem with Russia is that they don’t understand why people flock to USA but not to live in Russian Federation, it was the same during period of USSR. Perhaps someone should tell them that democracy and freedom of speech, less fettered media, and so on are highly prized. State censorship on a mass scale is not.

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