Riga City Council stops 'Maidan' exhibition

Riga's municipal executive director Juris Radzevičs has suspended the permission for the 'People of Maidan' exhibition as organizers don't adhere to the law in providing on-site security, BNS newswire learned at Rīgas Dome on Monday.

The Municipal police has started proceedings for an administrative offence as the exhibition was left unguarded. The proceedings were started according to the Public Entertainment and Festive Event Safety Act that stipulates that the organizer must provide public security measures.

"The municipality doesn't provide security during a public event; the law makes the organizers responsible for this, thus guaranteeing public order and the security of the visitors. If there would've been a single person that oversees the exhibition, he could have called the police. I informed Sergey Alexeev about this but he stated that the event organizers aren't intending to provide security in the future. That's why I had to decide to stop it," said Radzevičs.

In making this decision, the executive director had taken into account the statements in which the organizers of the events suggest forced deportation in cattle trucks of the Baltic Russian population. Radzevičs had asked Security Police to evaluate such statements.

Furthermore, the City Council stated that there has been information in the media that can cause doubt about the authenticity and copyright of the works on display in the exhibition. 

The exhibition has been vandalized for three times already. Most recently organizer Sergey Melnikoff demanded compensation from the Rīga City Council for his vanished exhibition. 

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