Appeal by Russia’s lower house on repressive actions of Latvia’s authorities (excerpts), 2020

The members of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation strongly condemn the actions by the authorities of the Republic of Latvia, related to uncessant politicized repressions against Russian-speaking journalists and public activists working in the country.

Lately, systemic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Latvia get expressed more often and on a larger scale. The policy of the Latvian authorities, aiming to restrict interests of the so-called non-citizens and of national minorities, a de facto destruction of the Russian-language education space, a cynical rewriting of the history to comply with political conjuncture, a glorification of Nazi criminals and their assistants from local collaborators, cultural and linguistic discrimination are accompanied by blatant violations of the freedom of speech and by hindering the professional activities of journalists.

A detention, on December 3, 2020, of seven employees of news portals Sputnik-Latvia and Baltnews, by the Latvian State Security Service (SSS), has become a new provocative action of the Latvian authorities, aiming to squeeze out, illegally, representatives of Russian-language media from Latvia’s information space. After eight-hour questionings and searches, the detained Russian-speaking journalists were accused under Paragraph 1 of Section 84 of the Criminal Law of Latvia (violating European Union sanctions regime), which envisages a punishment of imprisonment.

[..] the members of the State Duma consider the actions of the Latvian authorities to violate directly Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms [..]

Document data: No. 1077519-7; 23.12.2020. Link:

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