Apr 5, 2021
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Latvia will punish citizens for showing Soviet technology

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The Republic is trying to find a reason to dismantle tanks and guns from monuments to the winners of the Great Patriotic War.

For a public demonstration of military equipment from the times of the USSR and Nazi Germany in Latvia will be punished with fines. This initiative was put forward by the deputies of the Latvian national association “All for Latvia”. This was reported by RIA Novosti today with reference to the press service of the Republican Seimas.

This bill should be considered by the parliament in three readings.

“The purpose of the amendments to the Administrative Code is to dismantle the military equipment on the pedestals, which was installed in the form of monuments and memorial signs during the Soviet era,” reads the annotation to the document.

The people’s deputies propose to fine violators who publicly demonstrate Soviet or Nazi tanks and cannons outside museums for more than 30 days. Individuals are waiting for a warning or a fine of up to € 350, legal entities are also threatened with a warning or a fine of up to € 2900.

It remains to be understood whether this will affect the existing armies of the former CMEA or the ex-Soviet republics, which, within the framework of joint exercises, may descend on the territory of Latvia with equipment that was produced back in the years of the USSR. For example, one is in service with today’s Ukraine.

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