'Moscow House' nationalization plan moves ahead in Saeima

On Thursday, October 19, the Saeima moved the proposal on reclaiming the 'Moscow House' for viewing in the committees. This would see the state takng over the building in Rīa, Marijas Street 7.

72 deputies voted in Saeima Committees to submit the draft law for evaluation, deputies of the For Stability! faction and non-affiliated Glorija Grevcova voted against. Members of the Latvia First faction abstained in this vote.

The draft law was prepared by the Saeima National Security Committee in cooperation with security institutions, ministries, the Prosecutor General's Office, and the Saeima Legal Office. The purpose of the law is to guarantee the security of Latvia's state, including to prevent in a timely manner the threat to a democratic state, states the draft law.

The “Moscow House” was unveiled in the capital of Latvia at the end of May 2004. In honor of this event, Moscow Days took place and the then Mayor of the Russian capital Yuri Luzhkov arrived in Riga. Gundars Bojārs, the then-mayor of Rīga,  took part in the events.

Following Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Latvian Ministry of Justice decided to freeze the assets of the “Moscow House.” Later, there were suggestions by some politicians to nationalize the property, but these plans have not yet been implemented.

The information provided by the State Security Service shows that the so-called Moscow House has been used as a support point for various Russian-implemented anti-Latvian measures, the Saeima Press Service said.

More than ten organizations and companies are still registered in this address, including, for example, the “Russian billiards federation”, “Russian Society in Latvia”, Latvian minority association Commonwealth”, the representation of the “Moscow Center for International Cooperation”, and others.

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