Pro-Kremlin activist arrested in Rīga

On Thursday, April 4, the Riga City Court imposed a precautionary measure - detention - on Rīga's Torņakalns district resident Jeļena Kreile, who is suspected of justifying and glorifying Russian war crimes.

Without mentioning the person's name, State Police (VP) spokesperson Lāsma Greidāne said that the VP detained a person this week who displayed several objects in the windows of her residence in Torņakalns, including flags of the Russian Federation, their imitations, as well as objects resembling symbols of Soviet power. These objects were placed in the window facing outwards, making them visible to the public.

As the items on display generally indicate public glorification and justification of crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, and war crimes committed by Russia, the police have initiated criminal proceedings against the pro-Kremlin activist under Article 74.1(1) of the Criminal Code (justification of genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes against peace and war crimes).

On April 3 , the person was detained and on April 4, she was declared a suspect under Article 74.1 of the Criminal Code. 

On Thursday, the Riga City Court considered the motion of the prosecutor for the application of a precautionary measure - remand in custody, which was also applied to the person. 

Kreile has been in police custody several times for expressing support for the aggressor state in public places and at events. The Criminal Code provides for imprisonment for up to five years or temporary imprisonment, or probation supervision, or community service, or a fine for such an offense.

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