Latvian on trial over role in eastern Ukraine

The 'Human rights in Ukraine' website has published an informative account of the ongoing trial in Latvia of Artem Skripnik, 26, who is accused of fighting for Russia-backed rebels in the east of the country.

The wesbite is run by the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group and gives a commendably clear and balanced account of both the legal case against Skripnik and the basis of his defense.

There is also information about similar cases in Estonia and the United Kingdom in which citizens of those countries are accused of fighting alongside rebel forces in the self-proclaimed breakaway republics. 

The report includes comments in support of Skripnik from activist Vladimirs Lindermans, a notorious figure in Latvia best known internationally for calling a failed referendum to make Russian an official state language and for waving the flag of the rebel regions at a May 9 event in Riga. 

Rather than reproduce the report here, we would encourage you to read it at the original source HERE.

 

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