Two eager voters in Russia's 'elections' detained Friday in Latvia

On Friday, March 15, the State Police detained two aggressive individuals outside the Russian Embassy in Riga who had gathered with the intention of voting in the Russian pseudo-presidential elections, although they were not supposed to do so on Friday.

Police said that on Friday, shortly before 09:00, several persons had gathered outside the Russian Embassy's consulate with the intention of "voting", although they are not supposed to do so on Friday and Saturday. The Russian Embassy will be able to conduct the elections at the premises of the diplomatic mission in Latvia on March 17.

Police checked documents to establish the identity of the persons. 

Two ignored the officers' request to produce documents, became aggressive, showed resistance, fell to the ground and were yelling loudly, the State Police said. The persons were detained and taken to the police headquarters for further procedural actions. 

The police remind that at the venues of the Russian presidential elections, the State Police and the State Border Guard will strictly monitor whether the Russian citizens have a legal permit to stay in Latvia by checking the identity and residence documents of each voter.

If the persons refuse to disclose their identity and do not provide information to the officials, do not comply with the officials' lawful requests, as well as commit other violations, they will be detained and their liability will be assessed with the full severity of the law, the State Police said. 

The police said that this weekend the services are working in a reinforced mode to ensure public order and security in Latvia, as well as compliance with the laws of Latvia, including with regard to the prevention of justification and glorification of crimes against peace and war crimes. 

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