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SP request permission to launch criminal prosecution of Gaponenko

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSecurity Police has requested permission to begin criminal prosecution against the head of Non-citizens’ Congress Aleksandr Gaponenko in relation to cultivation of national hate on the Internet, according to information from LETA.

SP did not mention the name of the person in question in its press-announcement. Nevertheless, SP did say that the criminal process was launched 29 April 2015. Riga District Prosecutor’s Office now has to decide whether or not to launch criminal prosecution.

SP received a report from an expert during the initial investigation. Other investigative actions were also performed. In the end, authorities concluded that the person in question had used a propaganda method, which can be classified as cultivation of hate in a direct and indirect.

As previously reported, on 26 May 2015, SP detained Gaponenko and carried out a court-sanctioned search at multiple locations. The search resulted in the confiscation of some items. These investigative actions were carried out as part of a criminal process launch for cultivation of national hate. Gaponenko was released after his interrogation. Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry later released a press-announcement in which it criticized Gaponenko’s detainment.

Gaponenko stated that he was detained for his 16 March post on Facebook, in which he said ‘the goal of US tanks is to control Russian activists in Latvia’. He added that SP had detained him for 14 hours, and that he had protested against this measure.

A couple of weeks later – 12 June – SP carried out a search in the home of a support of Russia’s compatriots’ policy Einars Graudins. The search was carried out as part of a case regarding cultivation of national hate. Immediately after his release, Gaponenko wrote on his Facebook page that SP had confiscated computers, flash memory sticks, disks, phones, books and documents from his home.

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