Re:Baltica reveals more questionable links of Latvian nationalists

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The award-winning Re:Baltica investigative journalism team have uncovered more links between one of the parties in Latvia's ruling coalition and foreign political forces with extreme right-wing views.

In November, LTV's De Facto TV show reported on links between Raivis Zeltīts, Secretary-General of the right-of-center National Alliance (NA) and a neo-fascist British organization called, National Action. Despite attracting considerable criticism, Zeltīts continues to perform the duties of NA's secretary general.

Now Re:Baltica reveals that the links of Latvian nationalists lie to the east as well as the west, specifically: "Ukrainian party National Corps, the political wing of Azov movement which grew out of Azov volunteer regiment. Created in the wake of Russian aggression against Ukraine, the regiment has attracted numerous far-right extremists from Ukraine and other countries, especially (and paradoxically) from Russia."

"The 2019 State Department human rights report describes National Corps as a “nationalist group promoting hatred”. Freedom House 2018 report describes the organisation as extremist. Last October, 40 US congressmen signed a letter calling on State Department to proclaim Azov a terrorist group. On the list one finds also British neo-nazi group National Action which also had a ties to NA through Zeltits," Re:Baltica explains.

Nor was it only Zeltīts who cultivated links to ultra-nationalists, if Re:Baltica's information is accurate, with much available nationalist brainpower expended on an obscure concept called 'Intermarium' that acts as a central idea of like-minded political thinkers.

"Thanks to their friends from NA, members of Azov movement have gained access to the Latvian General Staff, a Latvian military base and the national parliament," Re:Baltica adds.

The full story is available at the Re:Baltica website in English.   

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