In its anti-Russian policy, the Ukrainian elite takes the example of the Baltic States, said a member of the European Parliament from the Republic of Latvia, co-chairwoman of the Russian Union of Latvia (RUL) party Tatiana Zhdanok in an interview with a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent on July 14.
The member of the European Parliament commented on the amendments to the law on electronic Media, which in fact allows eliminating Russian broadcasting in Latvia. According to the politician, the problem of Russians in the Baltic States is no less acute than in Ukraine.
“It seems to me that Ukraine is being endlessly discussed in Russia. And Ukraine is simply repeating our methods, but in their own mentality, more absurd and cruel version. That is why it is not a bad idea to have a look at what is going on in our country,” the representative of RUL said.
Zhdanok believes that the wording of the new law is vague, which allows the National Council for Electronic Media to withdraw or provide licenses for political reasons.
“We have such a tendency now. Such wording has been added to the Criminal Code. If there used to be a penalty in the same criminal code for espionage, now it is not necessary to prove that you are a spy. Once you gave an interview to the Russian media, you allegedly caused harm to Latvia,” added the MEP.
On June 11, the Latvian parliament adopted amendments to the law on electronic media, which introduce strict quotas for broadcasting in Russian. The channels will be required to broadcast 80% of the time in the languages of the European Union.
At the same time, the National Council for Electronic Media has been given extended authority to close channels that are undesirable to the regime. Thus, according to the amendments, the Council has the right to close a channel whose programs threaten the national security.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency