Security Service starts case over Ždanoka's remarks in EP discussion

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The State Security Service has started a criminal procedure over remarks made by former European Parliament member Tatjana Ždanoka in a discussion organized at the European Parliament by Latvia’s Russian Union, Ģirts Salmgriezis, the Latvian spokesman for the European People’s Party (EPP) Group, said March 6.

The State Security Service has taken action after MEP Inese Vaidere (New Unity) filed a complaint about Ždanoka's remarks in the discussion. According to Salmgriezis, Ždanoka said during the discussion that ethnic Russians and Russian-speakers in Latvia were in the same situation and persecuted "like Jews before World War II".

On March 5, the State Security Service informed Vaidere that based on her report, a criminal procedure was started on February 28 over incitement to ethnic hatred or discord.

Latvia’s Russian Union recently organized an event in Brussels with an aim to prove to foreign politicians the existence of political persecutions and restrictions on freedom of expression in the Baltic states.

Latvia’s Russian Union perceives such violations in the criminal investigations started against some pro-Kremlin activists over incitement to ethnic hatred and subversive activities.

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