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LTV: Latvian Russian Union warned about future conduct

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The Latvian Russian Union (LKS) political party is one step away from being closed down after receiving a warning from the Prosecutor General's Office, Latvian Television (LTV) reported March 16, citing unofficial information.

According to the information available to LTV, the poitical party widely seen as the most pro-Kremlin force in Latvia is one step away from a court being able to terminate its activities.

in March last year, the State Security Service (VDD) issued a first warning to the party over its dissemination of Kremlin propaganda messages via its social media accounts. But the situation did not change and according to LTV there are even new efforts to turn the population of Latvia against helping Ukraine.

Last December, the VDD informed the Prosecutor's General's Office about the detected violations in the operation of the LKS, which in turn issued a warning to the party.

"Considering the fact that such activities may threaten the security of the state and society, the party was sent a prosecutor's warning on February 24 of this year. The party was also instructed to prevent, that is, to delete the information specified in the warning, from being distributed on social networks, including on the website of the Russian Union of Latvia," said prosecutor Daina Stirāne.

LKS chairman Miroslavs Mitrofanovs confirmed that such a warning had been received and the party had taken it into account.

"The questions concern only seven items. All of them have already been deleted from the Internet and it is impossible to find them," explained the chairman of LKS.

If new violations are committed within a year of receiving the warning, then according to the Law on Political Parties, the court will be able to decide on the closure of the party.

In the fall of last year, it was already announced that a public petition signed by more than 10,000 people calling for the closure of the LKS was submitted to the Saeima.

The initiative has been handed over to the National Security Commission of the Saeima, headed by National Alliance representative Jānis Dombrava, but no further progress has been seen yet.

"At the moment, I see that the authorities are doing their job. I think that there should definitely not be any political interference. The process is ongoing, and I think that it will result in the closure of this organization in the near future," said Dombrava.

Effectively the LKS faces a "three strikes and you're out" scenario – and has already used up two of its strikes.

The Latvian Russian Union failed to win any seats in last October's Saeima elections, attracting just 3.6% of the vote. However, the party does control one seat in the European Parliament in the form of overtly pro-Kremlin MEP Tatjana Ždanoka

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