Transport Ministry's subsidiaries asked to 'de-Russianize' websites

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The Transport Minister Jānis Vitenbergs (National Alliance) has given an order to subordinate authorities and capital companies of the Ministry of Transport, which operate only in the internal market of Latvia, to review their home pages and to remove the contents from them in Russian, the Ministry said on January 31.

The minister also asked that publicly available information on Internet sites be updated in line with the current political and economic situation following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The deadline for the execution of the order is set for February 7 this year.

Although several Transport Ministry's capital companies operate exclusively in the Latvian internal market and do not need to develop exports and cooperation with countries that are easier to communicate with in Russian, there is still some Russian content on their websites. There are also a variety of visual materials and graphical solutions where Russia, along with other partners, is portrayed as one of the export target countries.

“Russia's military invasion of Ukraine by committing countless war crimes and atrocities against the Ukrainian people has led to the imposition of a broad range of sanctions, both from Latvia and from the European Union. [..] We are doing our best to minimize freight transport with Russia, at the same time it is not less important to cut this mental link that has been dragging on for decades at individual capital companies of the Ministry,” the Minister said.

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