RIGA - The Saeima in the final reading today adopted amendments to the Law on the Safety of Public Entertainment and Festivity Events that would ban public events at all Soviet war memorials.
The ban on holding public events within 200 meters of such memorials extolling the Soviet Army and its soldiers would also apply to the controversial May 9 celebrations by the Victory Monument in Pardaugava, Riga.
The public event is defined as a publicly accessible celebration, memorial, entertainment, sports or recreation event organized by an individual or a legal entity.
Fines for breaching provisions of the law on public events will be raised to EUR 400 for natural persons and to EUR 3,200 for legal entities.
The bill was proposed by MPs Artuss Kaimins and Linda Medne (Conservatives).