Former politician accused of hate crime goes missing

Former Rīga City Council deputy Ruslans Pankratovs, who has been accused of acts aimed at causing national hatred and intolerance against Ukrainians, has vanished, LETA reported Tuesday September 26.

Rīga City Court had planned to see Pankratovs' case on Tuesday, but the former councilor did not arrive. The case has now been adjourned to October 10, Pankratov's lawyer, Imma Jansone, told LETA.

Jansone, like Pankratovs' family, has no information about his whereabouts. Pankratovs left his residence on Thursday and has not been seen since. His wife approached police on Monday.

The lawyer has failed to reach the client because his phone number is out of reach. 

Pankratovs did not have valid travel documents because he was banned from leaving Latvia for a year by a decision taken by former Interior Minister Māris Kučinskis (United List) several months ago. 

The State Police confirmed that Pankratovs left his residence in Rīga on September 23.

His height is around 178 cm, stocky build, short blonde hair. He wore black trousers, a green windbreaker, and black trainers.

State police are asking residents who have information about Ruslans Pankratovs alleged whereabouts to call 67086678 or 110.

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