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SP warn: Russia reports misleading information about 9 May celebrations in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Security Police invites residents to be observant and be critical of provocative statements reported in the information space. This is especially true for public events organized in Riga and other parts of Latvia on 9 May.

Security Police also mentions that they are well-informed of the documentary shown on Russian Defence Ministry’s propaganda channel Zvezda about 9 May and possible riots in Riga involving US troops. The documentary also includes an interview with pro-Kremlin activist Vladimir Linderman.

According to SP, this documentary is an example of Russia’s information campaign against Latvia. This particular case is openly provocative and misleading.

SP will evaluate information reported in the documentary. Right now it is too soon to provide any comments.

SP had previously reported that they have commenced an investigation in regards to the statement made by the recently arrested head of Non-citizens Congress Aleksandr Gaponenko about US troops having some plans to perform ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Riga in the middle of May.

As previously reported, 9.may.lv association submitted a request to Riga City Council to organize an event at the Victory Monument. Applications have also been submitted for two processions, including the one by Association of Latvia’s Politically Repressed to ‘commemorate the fact of USSR’s violent occupation of Baltic States’.

The event at the Victory Monument is planned to take place from 09:00 until 23:00 to celebrate victory over fascism. This event gathers tens of thousands of participants every year. Organizers mentioned in their application that the event is estimated to gather at least 10,000 people.

9 May is the date the Soviet Union decided to celebrate victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War period of WWII. This day is also celebrated by Russian-speaking residents in Latvia.


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