Pro-Russia activist Girss acquitted of incitement to ethnic hatred

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The Kurzeme district court in Liepaja on Friday found Illarions Girss, the former leader of Russkaya Zarya (Russian Dawn) pro-Russia group in Latvia, not guilty of inciting ethnic hatred, the court’s representative Velga Luka told LETA.

The judge acquitted Girss of the ethic hatred charges which had been brought against him in accordance with the Criminal Law.

Girss was charged with instigation of ethnic hatred in relation to an article he had published on his website in November 2014. In the publication he denied that Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union and also spoke disrespectfully of Latvia’s national symbol.

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