Yurgens said that he was not allowed into Latvia because of his refusal to condemn Russia
According to Yurgens, at the border he was forced to confirm in writing that he condemned the Russian operation, but he refused. Then the Latvian authorities decided to recognize the public figure as a threat to national security
The Baltic Forum as an organization has existed since 2000. It functions as a platform for expert discussions. This year, all its events are dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the post-Soviet space in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Eurasia. Scientists and experts share their experience of the transformation processes that have taken place in their countries since the collapse of the USSR and draw generalized conclusions about the changes in Europe, Russia and the CIS.
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Latvia has condemned the Russian special operation in Ukraine. On July 19, Latvian President Egil Levits gave an interview to the RTVI television channel, where he stated that the entire Russian-speaking population of the state is obliged to condemn the special operation. He offered to deport those who support Russia or deprive them of their Latvian citizenship. This idea was supported by the Latvian Seimas in April. Speech in the law is only about people with dual citizenship. If Latvian citizenship is the only one for a person, they will not be able to take it away.
The decision of the Latvian Seimas was then condemned in the Russian Foreign Ministry. “In the context of the anti-Russian hysteria in Latvia, which has reached unprecedented proportions, the adoption of such amendments testifies to the destruction of the last sprouts of democracy in this Baltic country,” — the RIA Novosti department answered. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs admitted that the number of cases “fabricated against Russian-speaking residents” may increase in Latvia.
According to the Central Statistical Bureau, by June 2022, 2.1% of the population of Latvia had Russian citizenship.
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