Latvia blacklists 35 more Russians, including artists, presenters and political scientists

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Latvia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday updated its ‘blacklist’ to include 35 more Russian personalities, including artists, actors, TV presenters and political scientists.

As detailed by the Ministry in a statement, the decision has been approved by the head of the Latvian diplomatic portfolio, Edgars Rinkevics, and justifies the inclusion of new sanctioned for having expressed support for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Thus, according to the Latvian Immigration Law, these 35 Russian personalities will be banned from entering Latvia’s national territory »for an indefinite period of time». »Support for the atrocities perpetrated by the Kremlin regime means complicity with the crimes committed,» Riga added.

Among the Russians declared ‘persona non grata’ in Latvia is the former ambassador of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic in Moscow Rodio Miroshnik; as well as artists Yaroslav Dronov, Akim Apachev or Natalia Kachura.

Among the sanctioned TV presenters are Lera Kudriavtseva, who works for the NTV channel and who has admitted that her dream guest would be President Vladimir Putin; Yulia Baranovskaya, also sanctioned by Ukraine; or Ruslan Ostashko, employee of Channel 1 and also sanctioned by Kiev.

Likewise, the most prominent sanctioned political scientists are Yevgeni Satanovski, Gevorg Mirazian, Rostislav Ishchenko or Dimitri Evstafiev, all of them close to Putin and declared in favor of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Latvia condemns in the strongest terms the unprovoked and unjustified war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, which has been going on for more than a year and in which, due to the brutality of the Russian Armed Forces, Ukrainian civilians and soldiers have been losing their lives every day,» the Latvian Foreign Ministry concluded.