The mayor of Riga promised the Latvian State Security Service not to allow action in defense of monuments to Soviet soldiers.
Riga Mayor Mārtiņš Stakis promised the Latvian State Security Service (SSS) to ban action in defense of monuments to Soviet soldiers. He announced it on his Twitter page.
The mayor responded to the publication of the State Security Service, which recommended that the Riga authorities refuse to organize the action due to “identified risks”.
The mayor said the city would follow the department’s advice and not allow the event. “The city authorities will act as advised by the special services,” Stakis emphasized.
On May 12, the Saeima of Latvia approved a bill rescinding article 13 of the agreement with the Russian Federation on the preservation of memorial structures, thus allowing the demolition of the monument to the liberators of Riga. Subsequently, the decision of the parliament was supported by the president of the republic, Egils Levits, and the deputy mayor of the Latvian capital, Edwards Smiltens, allowed the monument to be sent to Russia after its dismantling.
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