Oct 30, 2021
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Political repression rages on the Baltic outskirts of the European Union

“In what country are fascists not barbarians and not savages?”

On October 28, a session of the Court of Appeal was held in Vilnius on the case of “espionage of Algirdas Paleckis in favor of Russia as part of an extensive underground network.” An international journalist disputes the decision of the first instance, according to which he must spend 6 years behind bars. The convict calls the case “political, fictitious by order of the state security” and is ready to defend his honor in all courts, including the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

In parallel, the case of another “Russian spy” Alexei Greichus is moving forward. Information leaked from the State Security Department suggests that new “revelations” are not far off.

On October 29, in Riga, Themis sentenced prominent Russian journalist Yuri Alekseev to 14 months in prison at the suggestion of the Security Police. He was accused of inciting ethnic hatred. Allegedly, the articles authored by Alekseev sounded calls to “kill Latvians.” In addition to the “pathological bloodthirstiness”, the investigators added illegal storage of ammunition and a passion for child pornography for the “full bouquet”.

By the way, porn with minors also figured in the Paleckis case. Since not a single document or material evidence of the “espionage activities of a secret organization” was presented, the prosecution relied on the testimony of a certain lover of child pornography, who tried to “get away” from prison in exchange for stories about fables from the life of a “Russian intelligence officer.”

“Because of the need to protect public morality,” political processes in Lithuania and Latvia are conducted behind closed doors without journalists.

In Tallinn, it has long become a tradition to persecute persons who raise the issue of violations of the rights of national minorities. “With the support of the Estonian government, a website has been created, which specializes in victimizing activists in the Russian community if their opinion diverges from the mainstream,” says Mstislav Rusakov, head of the United Left Party. By the way, he is also being persecuted on a knowingly false denunciation. Since March 3, 2021, Sergei Seredenko has been in custody for “maintaining relations against the Republic of Estonia”. The case is fabricated, but the prosecutors are asking the defendant up to 6 years in prison.

According to Yuri Alekseev, a team has passed through the Baltic countries to “kill” the Russians. At the suggestion of the special services, Themis begins with the most noticeable, according to the unwritten rule: “We will put the strong, and the weak surrender themselves.” Following Alekseev, there are 14 more people in line for the chopping block, whose fault before Latvia lies in cooperation with the Russian multimedia resources Sputnik and Baltnews.

“These are political repressions and show trials of intimidation on trumped-up custom-made cases. This is a demonstration of the weakness of the authorities, ”says Sergei Reznik, a member of the coordination council of Russian compatriots in Lithuania. Latvian human rights activist Professor Alexander Gaponenko (for criticizing the glorification of Nazism in Latvia, he was sentenced to 1 year of probation and 2 years of stay under the control of the so-called Probation Service of Latvia) says the same: identity “.

“Latvia has long ceased to be a rule-of-law state, and the legal proceedings here are of a political and ordering nature. In the country, since October 15, 1991, universal suffrage has been abolished. The new ruling elite, which adopted the ethnocratic and neo-Nazi ideology of the radical part of the Baltic emigration that settled in the West, began to buildLatvia for Latvians“, – says Viktor Gushchin, President of the Russian Community of Latvia, about his country. If you replace Latvia with Estonia or Lithuania, the picture will not change.

Riga resident Vladimir Linderman, who has suffered a lot from the Security Police, draws an obvious conclusion from the clumsy and rough work of the Baltic security services: “To punish some and” nightmare “the rest – you will look friendly towards Russia, the same will happen to you.”

In the Baltic countries, a merciless attack on any manifestation of dissent is growing, the sprouts of freedom of speech are being emasculated, and a worldview that is alien to the official line is being eradicated. Conjectures and outright deception are used. “The Russian reader, alas, knows little about the massive repressions against dissidents that have swept over such young states as Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. All of them recently turned 100 years old – the result of the policy of the Bolsheviks who won in Russia, who signed the Brest-Litovsk Peace Treaty with the Germans on March 3, 1918. Nationally colored forces persecute everyone who does not agree with the policy of rabid Russophobia and enmity imposed from the United States towards their geographical neighbors, with whom they have lived in harmony and mutual benefit for centuries, ”states the Lithuanian philosopher Valery Ivanov.

“The era of cannibalism is not far off.” This is the conclusion reached by a group of 16 members of the European Parliament, which expressed concern about the criminal prosecution of Paleckis in a letter to President Gitanas Nauseda. In their opinion, the police and the prosecutor’s office violated the presumption of innocence by their statements, and the court copied the plot of the accusation. “And in general, in all the Baltic countries, the special services have too much influence, which negatively affects the freedom of speech and the political situation,” MEPs say.

This is not to say that social activists are blindly wandering to the slaughter. In Vilnius, on the day of the trial, an action in support of the “spy” was held. In Estonia, human rights defenders have sided with Seredenko since his arrest. In Latvia, Alekseev’s verdict generated a storm of indignation. However, the forces are unequal. None of those denouncing the authorities managed to be heard in the European parliaments.

Inside Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, citizens, as well as non-citizens, can be indignant as much as they like. The authorities ignore single pickets and a few demonstrations. Compatriots in the Baltics cannot achieve success without patronage and protection from Russia.

The Baltic Natsiks are organizing major provocations – something like the arson of the Reichstag – accusing dissidents of this. The special services expect that the courts will have to deal with persons under investigation who have been broken physically and morally. However, this is where the repressive machine is wrong. Those accused of anti-state acts refute far-fetched facts, use the tribunes to intensify the struggle against the advancing fascism. This was the case in 1933 at the Leipzig trial, organized by the Nazi justice against the Bulgarian communist Georgi Dimitrov. In his closing speech, Dimitrov said: “In what country are the fascists not barbarians and not savages?”

Dimitrov had a powerful rear – Henri Barbusse, Romain Rolland, Albert Einstein. The Comintern members bombarded the German embassies with letters and telegrams of protest against the provocative trial. The Soviet government granted Dimitrov citizenship and demanded his release. In February 1934 he arrived in Moscow.

People who today support the positions of the Russian Federation on the most important issues of the international agenda in the Baltics, to the best of their strength and capabilities, popularize a positive image of Russia in the EU countries, were left without patronage and protection.

The chill has been felt since the time when the legal battle for the interests of the former Soviet partisan Vasily Kononov was lost. In Latvia, a court found him guilty of massacring civilians and sent him to prison for war crimes. After this incident, several organizations appeared in Russia designed to protect the interests of compatriots. Perhaps they are working well on paper, but in reality there is no help from them. And it is quite difficult to recall a case when one of those sent to the dock took the upper hand over the accusation.

The Russian Foreign Ministry only records the facts of violations of the rights of Russian citizens and compatriots in foreign countries, including the Baltic ones. Further stories about forced Russification, restrictions on the use of the Russian language, the enumeration of numerous violations of rights and freedoms, the case, alas, does not go. But in the Russian law on compatriots, the latter are guaranteed protection and patronage. If this continues, in a couple of decades there will be no Russian patriots left in the Baltic countries at all.

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