Exhibition outrages pro-Kremlin activists in Latvia

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In recent days, social media has seen outrage by various pro-Kremlin activists about a Ukrainian sculptor's exhibition at the Latvian National Library (LNB), Latvian Television reported on June 12.

One of the works in the exhibition – plywood with the words “Russian Occupant – Best Fertiliser” – has caused the shock. The party Harmony joined the outrage. Rīga City Council Member Konstantīns Čekušins has turned to the LNB, the Ministry of Culture, and the State Police to remove the poster and provide public explanations.

Čekušins requested an explanation for what people are referred to as “Russian occupants” and asked for the artwork to be removed immediately because, in his opinion, it was “unacceptable”.

In an open reply, the library explained that the particular work expresses the reaction of Ukrainian sculptor Anri Krimsalo to the current Russian aggression in Ukraine.

The library won't intervene in the content of the exhibition, and the plywood with the inscription will remain in the exhibition because the art has the freedom of expression.

The exhibition at LNB premises continues until June 22.

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