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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian prosecutor’s office has raised charges against pro-Kremlin activist Jurijs Aleksejevs for incitement of national hate, illegal arms and munitions storage and child pornography.

The prosecutor’s office has determined the person is accused in accordance with three sections of the Criminal Law for actions aimed at inciting national or ethnic hatred using internet. The person is also accused for illegal storage of firearms munitions without a permit and materials containing child pornography.

Before its submission to the prosecutor’s office, the case was investigated by the Security Police. Investigators confirmed that this criminal case was commenced on 29 November 2017 in relation to comments that detailed an invitation to ‘finish off all fascist bastards’, who, according to the poster of said comment, belong to a specific nationality.

Additionally, SP found out in the investigation that throughout 1 October 2016 – 7 December 2017 the person in question distributed content on the internet aimed at enticing people to hate and/or distrust people of other nationalities.

On top of that, investigators found firearms munitions in the home of the suspect. The person in question did not have a permit to store munitions. Investigators also found pornographic materials depicting children.

In its reports for 2017 and 2016, Security Police listed Aleksejevs as a pro-Kremlin activist.

Security Police writes that in 2011 Aleksejevs founded imhoclub.lv website. This website is used by Russian policy activists to exchange opinions. In 2015, a Belarusian version of imhoclub was created with support from Aleksejevs. SP believes activities of these websites are considered the promotion of the so-called Russian world. Publications written by different authors are published on those websites. The goal of said publications is promotion of Russia’s geopolitical interests in Latvia.

According to information from SP, imhoclub websites’ funding is provided by people associated with Russia’s countrymen support policy.

As previously reported, Aleksejevs posted on his Facebook page that SP has fabricated the case against him. He says he does not admit his guilt and promises to fight to the end to prove his innocence.

In January 2018, Aleksejevs wrote in Segodna newspaper that during the search in his apartment, investigators found two bags containing 16 and 18 handgun cartridges respectively. ‘Yes! Enough to shoot one-third of the Saeima,’ he wrote with irony in regards to what police found in his apartment. He believes the two bags were a provocation from Latvian special services. He confirmed having a firearm, but one that uses ammunition of a calibre different to what police found in those two bags.

Aleksejevs also criticized SP for pressuring him, trying to tie him to crimes he had never committed. He said during his interrogation he was shown photos of his children naked. Those photos were taken from his personal computer in an attempt to present them as child pornography, Aleksejevs said.


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