VDD calls to prosecute a person for acquitting and glorifying Russia’s aggression

On 15 March this year, Latvian State Security Service (VDD) has asked the Prosecutor's Office to initiate criminal prosecution against a person who regularly in public places demonstrated support for the aggressor state Russia and the war it started in Ukraine.

As previously reported, the criminal case against this person were initiated by VDD on 16 March last year, based on the elements of the criminal offense referred to in Article 741 of the Criminal Law, namely the possible acquittal and glorification of war crimes and crimes against peace committed by Russia. On 16 March 2022, during the commemoration of the Latvian legionnaires, the State Police officials detained the mentioned person at the Freedom Monument.

The suspect was spotted numerous times in public places and at public events carrying a shoulder bag with the symbol "Z", which is used in Russian propaganda resources as a symbol of support for Russia's military aggression in Ukraine. Similarly, the person expressed support for the aggressor state during a protest against the war started by Russia in Ukraine at the Russian embassy in Riga. The person has also regularly carried out other provocative actions aimed at acquitting and glorifying Russia’s aggression.

During the search at the person's residence, VDD took out various home-made objects glorifying the aggressor state Russia and the war it started in Ukraine.

VDD recalls that no person should be considered guilty until their guilt is proven in accordance with law.

Information prepared by VDD
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