Woman detained at Freedom Monument for attempting to justify Russian invasion of Ukraine released on her own recognizance

  • 2022-03-21
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - A woman who was detained at the Freedom Monument on March 16 for expressing support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been released on her own recognizance, as the State Security Service told LETA.

The Security Service said that no further information would be released so as not to hamper the investigation.

The woman was detained on March 16 by the State Police during an event commemorating the Latvian Legion, which was taking place at the Freedom Monument. The police started a criminal case against her for trying to justify and glorify the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to the Criminal Law, if convicted the woman may be sentenced to up to five years in prison, community service, or a fine.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Security Service has launched a total of seven criminal cases on justification and glorification of crimes committed in Ukraine by the Russian armed forces, inciting ethnic hatred against Ukrainians, and war crimes committed in Ukraine by the Russian armed forces.