The Vidzeme District Court in Riga decided on Thursday to release the arrested pro-Kremlin activist Alexander Gaponenko.
The session lasted about 50 minutes and the decision was taken for half an hour.
At the time that the decision to release Gaponenko was announced, his supporters ceased ovation. After a short while, Gaponenko gave a brief statement to his supporters, expressing gratitude to those who sent him letters to the place of detention, and provided other types of support. The activist also indicated that during his detention he had worsened his health, and he believed that he would die and become a martyr while in detention, but he was glad that he had survived this period.
The lawyer of Gaponenko, Imma Jansone, said that he was not yet suitable for other security measures, but this would certainly be done next week. The spokesman admitted that one of the security measures would be a prohibition to leave the country. Jansone repeatedly added that Gaponenko did not recognize the allegations of which he was accused.
About 25 people with posters and flowers gathered in support of Gaponenko, the agency that observed LETA.
The supporters gathered in the hallway with posters in their hands, written in Russian: "Freedom for Alexander Gaponenko". Likewise, photographs of the interior of the court house, where Gaponenko can be seen, are attached to it. Several women have flowers in their hands.
Among the supporters of Gaponenko were also Vladimir Putin, a former national Bolshevik prisoner this summer, leader of the Latvian Russian Union, Tatiana Ždanoka, as well as people who participated in the pickets organized by the LKS against educational reform.
As reported, the Gaponenko District Court was arrested on April 21.
The Security Police (DP) Gaponenko declares that these activities are aimed at causing national, ethnic or racial hatred or dishonor by using an automated data processing system, assistance to a foreign country and actions directed against the sovereignty, sovereignty, territorial integrity of Latvia, power or state machinery, as well as aid to a foreign country against Latvia.
After arresting a person, the DP stated, without mentioning the name of Gaponenko, that the person was arrested only in accordance with the Criminal Code as an action against the sovereignty, sovereignty, territorial integrity, state power or state machinery of Latvia.
On 20 August, DP wrote in a press release that on 4 April the criminal proceedings revealed that the person continued to act with the aim of harming the Latvian state and helping the foreign state to oppose the security of the Latvian state. Strange name not available.
Similarly, it was established during criminal proceedings that a person has long been engaged in promoting and provoking national and ethnic hatred or inactivity between different national groups that exist in Latvian society through the use of an automated data processing system.
Gaponenko is not the only criminal case. On September 21, the Vidzeme District Court of Riga will investigate a criminal case in which Gaponenko was accused of causing national hatred and intolerance.
In the opinion of the public prosecutor, on 27 February 2015, the defendant published deliberate written comments on Facebook using his profile, knowing that their content is aimed at provoking national hatred and hostility towards Letten representatives, Lithuanians and Estonians.
Last year's activity report from the OP stated that the activities of Gaponenko in 2017 were subordinate to the financing of subsidies granted by Russian organizations. It was chaotic and seemingly subjective, and expressed in the Russian media and the creation of publications on the basis of false or contradictory facts, thereby reducing the efforts of other Russian compatriots in Latvia to separate from their activities. were observed. Similarly, Gaponenko's attempts to disorganize the association "Latvian Russian Community" (LKK) were observed.
The DP also mentioned in its report that the most public activities in the field of distribution of Russian historical awareness were subordinate to the so-called "Victory Day" parties on 9 May. Russia's compatriot political activist Margarita Dragilė organized together with her colleagues Gaponenko and Elizabeth Krivcov the preservation of Russian Russian history as one of the central events "The Immortal Regiment", which is widely adopted outside the Russian borders as the ideological instrument of Russian humanitarian influence on 9 May in Riga.
In addition to practical Russian humanitarian activities, Russian compatriots were also enthusiastic about participating in Russia's information campaigns aimed at Latvia. In DP assessment, Gaponenko was usually poorly informed.