It's the second time in a year that the inscription has been removed from the house, but this time the letters are gone completely.
The works began just before midnight and within about an hour the letters in Russian were removed one by one, then the coat of arms and then the rest of the name.
The former “Railway Culture House” in Rīga, Marijas Street 7, has been dubbed the “Moscow House” since 2004. The establishment and maintenance of the institution were financed by Moscow's Mayor, and in 2001 the project was initiated by then-Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and then-Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Udaltsov.
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 Latvian state will take over the building, as stipulated by the relevant law adopted in the parliament's final reading on January 11. The future of the building could become clearer in a couple of months.