Latvia’s foreign ministry has condemned the actions of right-wing Russian nationalists who poured red liquid on Ambassador Andris Teikmanis during a June 25 press conference in Moscow.
The Latvian Embassy in Moscow has sent a note to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking that it be informed about progress in investigating the incident and punishing the perpetrators, the Latvian foreign ministry announced in a press release.
A man and a woman assaulted the ambassador just as a press conference was starting in the RIA Novosti center in Moscow, according to media reports. They shouted support for Vladimir Linderman, a National Bolshevist leader who remains in Latvian custody. Linderman, also known as Vladimir Abel, is accused of possessing explosives and plotting the assassination of former President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.
Linderman was extradited from Russia in March.
The Web site of Russia’s National Bolshevik Party, nazbol.ru, carried a press release stating that Xenia Firsov and Sergey Baranov carried out the assault on Teikmanis. They demand that Linderman be released, that Latvia end attempts to revise history by discrediting the sacrifices of Soviet soldiers during World War II, and that Latvia end discrimination against its Russian-speaking minority.
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