The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic called the reason for including the Russians in the sanctions list their active position in support of Russia's policy on the situation around Ukraine

Filipp Kirkorov

Singer Filipp Kirkorov, humorists Vladimir Vinokur and Evgeny Petrosyan, and rhythmic gymnastics coach Irina Viner -Usmanov were declared persona non grata by Latvia, they are prohibited from entering the country. This was announced on Twitter by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic Republic, Edgars Rinkevics.

“They are banned from entering Latvia for an indefinite period. The decision was made on the basis of immigration law, — he wrote.

According to him, the reason for including the Russians in the black list is their active position in support of Russia's policy on the situation around Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including Latvia and other Baltic republics, have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia. Restrictions, among other things, affected the first persons of the state, deputies and senators, businessmen, military and cultural figures. Latvia, in particular, at the end of March banned 25 Russian cultural figures from entering the country, including director Nikita Mikhalkov, actor Vladimir Mashkov, singer Polina Gagarina and others.

On April 21, the Latvian Seimas approved the law on deprivation of citizenship for support for the operation in Ukraine. In addition, earlier the Seimas of Latvia adopted a law according to which May 9 this year was declared the Day of Remembrance of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen who died during the hostilities in Ukraine. Because of this, mass celebrations on May 9 were canceled in the country and fireworks were banned on that day.

At the same time, the former mayor of Riga, MEP Nil Ushakov noted that in the Baltics, some decisions are made in order to “take revenge on the local Russians in small ways,” and not for the sake of supporting Ukraine. “In the current situation, when “a rupture is taking place,” it will be right to “reach out to the Russians, emphasize that you are ours, you are yours. <…> Under these circumstances, breaking someone over the knee, taking out anger on local Russians— it won't help anyone,— said Ushakov, who served as mayor of Riga from 2009 to 2019.

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