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EP deputy arrested in Riga for condemning demolition of monument to Liberators

EP deputy arrested in Riga for condemning demolition of monument to Liberators

Police detained Europarlament deputy Tatyana Zhdanok in Riga for participating in a rally against the demolition of the monument to the Liberators, the Russian Union of Latvia reported. In the Riga City Council, a meeting is taking place at this moment, at which the question of the demolition of the monument is being decided.

The Parliament of Latvia earlier adopted a law to suspend the operation of a clause of the intergovernmental agreement with Russia on the protection of monuments to Soviet soldiers in the country, which will allow the dismantling of the monument to the Liberators of Riga, located in Riga’s Victory Park. On Wednesday, the police closed access to the monument. Municipal services removed the flowers laid on May 9 near the monument with a tractor. Later, the inhabitants of the city again began to bring flowers there. On Thursday, the Latvian Parliament allowed the demolition of the monument.

Against the backdrop of this decision, Andrey Klimov, head of the Federation Council Commission for the Protection of State Sovereignty, said that Latvia needs to be “reasoned” by taking extremely tough measures, including economic ones. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called what is happening “an international outrage.”