Interior police search office of Rīga councillor

On April 24 the State Security Service – Latvia's interior police force – searched the office of Rīga city councilor Aleksejs Rosļikovs (Harmony), LTV and LETA report.

Council representative Baiba Gailīte has confirmed the information.

Officers were seen escorting Rosļikovs away from the Rīga City Council. State Security Service later said the investigative actions are related to an ongoing investigation related to Article 78 of the Criminal Law, namely incitement to national, ethnic, racial or religious hatred or enmity.

Rosļikovs chairs the city's development committee. 

According to information obtained by LETA, the criminal procedure over incitement to ethnic hatred was launched after learning about controversial leaflets that urged residents to participate in a rally organized by Harmony in downtown Riga.

Photographs of the leaflets posted on social networks depicted now suspended Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs (Harmony), wearing prison garb, captured by soldiers in Nazi Germany soldiers' uniforms. Ušakovs wears a placard that says: "Because I'm Russian", while swastika on the soldiers' helmets has been replaced by a logo that strongly resembles the logo of the National Alliance party.

Also, LETA claims, the criminal case might be related with the activities of Facebook page 101.kilometrs. The page frequently posts articles about Latvia as a failed state, including criticism of the ruling politicians and also the Riga City Council.

But later on April 24 the State Security Service told LETA that Rosļikovs features in the investigation as a witness, and cites unconfirmed reports that his house was searched as well.

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