Pro-Russia activist kept in custody

The court has decided to keep Vladimirs Lindermans, a pro-Russia activist arrested May 8 by Latvia's interior police force, reported Latvian Radio May 10. 

"I've no knowledge of the court's arguments at this time. The court ruling will be available within 24 hours and will doubtless be contested," said Lindermans' lawyer Jeļena Kvjatkovska. 

She told Latvian Radio that Lindermans has been named a suspect in an investigation. While it is not yet clear what are the charges, the LETA news agency reports sources saying he is held on suspicion of inciting ethic hate and calling for mass disturbances.

The three possible charges listed by LETA all carry jail sentences.

As reported by LSM, on May 9 Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said Latvia's embassy in Russia has been attacked. 

The press secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Gints Jēgermanis, told Latvian Radio that nobody was injured in the incident, which took place at around 6 p.m. Moscow time.

Between 4 and 5 people appeared at the embassy's premises in Moscow and set off smoke bombs and flares. One person tried tried to write something to the embassy building, but the militia intervened at this point, Jēgermanis said.

LETA reports The Other Russia party, an offshoot of the banned National Bolshevik Party, as saying that two of the people who attacked the Latvian Embassy building in Moscow were members of this organization and have been charged with minor hooliganism.

It says that the attack against the embassy was meant as a protest against Lindermans' arrest. 

The Security Police arrested Lindermans on May 8, saying searches were carried out at a location related to the pro-Russia activist.

On April 18 the Security Police launched a probe over a March 31 event, organized by the Latvian Russian Union. Anti-Latvian statements were allegedly made during the event.

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