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Pro-Russian activist arrested in Latvia for a speech at All-Latvian Parents Gathering

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPro-Russian activist Vladimirs Lindermans has been arrested for the speech he gave at an event organized on 31 March by Latvian Russians Union and Russian Schools Support Association called «All-Latvian Parents Gathering». In this speech he opposed liquidation of Russian language education in Latvia, says Lindermans’ lawyer Jeļena Kvjatkovska.

She says that one of the reasons for the arrest is the suspicion of a criminal violation. Kvjatkovska adds, however, that anyone can listen to what Lindermans said and conclude that no crime was committed from a legal aspect.

The lawyer says Lindermans is currently in a detention centre. There he will remain until 10 May. Once the 48 hour-period of his detention ends, Security Police will have to think which security measure to apply to him.

Kvjatkovska notes that she questions the need for the use of special measures during her client’s detention period. She on turning to the chief of Security Police on 9 May. She says her client has never resisted orders from law enforcement institutions. She also reminds that there are people who witnessed Lindermans’ arrest and they can testify about the situation.

Lindermans was arrested on 8 May as part of a criminal process launched against former MEP and current head of the Latvian Russians Union Tatyana Zhdanok for organizing the aforementioned gathering.

The statement Security Police released for the press mentions that one person has been arrested as part of the criminal process. According to information from LETA, this person is Lindermans.

A search has been sanctioned in this person’s home.

In the interest of the investigation, Security Police does not provide any more comments on this criminal process.

Several pro-Russian activists have posted on social media, commenting on Lindermans’ «kidnapping». Activists say a search has been performed in Lindermans’ home.

Zhdanok in this criminal process is a person involved in a criminal process. In accordance with the law, if information is acquired in the criminal process conforms the person committed a crime, that person is provided with a status of a person involved in a criminal process.

Zhdanok mentioned on her Facebook profile that Security Police informed her of the suspect status applied to her on Monday. The criminal process in question is associated with the All-Latvian Parents Gathering.

Zhdanok has been invited to come to Security Police and testify.


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  1. Walter Burke says:

    This guy’s a real schmuck. If he really cared about children, he would be asking the government to open English and Chinese schools with either German or Korean as a second foreign language.

    You wanna see your kids attending a full time Russian school, move to Moscow.

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