Additional charges for pro-Russia activist

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The Security Police have also charged the pro-Kremlin activist Aleksandrs Gaponenko with incitement to ethnic hatred and assisting a foreign state in action directed against Latvia, LETA learned today.

The Security Police said in a statement for the media that on August 6 it suggested that a criminal case be started pursuant to three Criminal Law's sections: committing acts directed toward triggering national, ethnic, racial or religious hatred or enmity using an automated data processing system; action that is directed against national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, state power or administrative order of Latvia; and assisting a foreign state in action directed against Latvia.

The statement makes no mention of Gaponenko or the country he was assisting in the alleged action directed against Latvia.

As reported Gaponenko was arrested on April 21 and still remains in custody.

This is not the only criminal case against Gaponenko. On September 21, the Riga Vidzeme District Court will review a criminal case where Gaponenko has also been charged with incitement to ethnic hatred, via posts on Facebook.

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