Several cases have been opened in Latvia for theft of Ukrainian flags and damage to cars

In the eastern Latvian region of Latgale, police detained several people for stealing Ukrainian flags and damaging cars.

It is reported by Ukrinform with reference to the Latgale regional management State Police.

So, on July 12, the Daugavpils district initiated criminal proceedings (for deliberate destruction or damage to someone else’s property) after a drunk man born in 1961 with a St. George ribbon attached to his clothes broke the window glass of a car and caused other damage. As the reason for his actions, he mentioned the Ukrainian flag placed in the car. The man also praised the political regime of the Russian Federation.

In addition, two cases of an administrative offense were initiated – for being in a state of intoxication in a public place and for wearing symbols glorifying the USSR.

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A similar incident occurred in Rezekne on July 23, when the police received information that a citizen of Ukraine found that his car was damaged. Upon arrival at the scene, several people were found kicking the car, causing damage to the bodywork. A young man born in 2001 was detained on the spot, who faces criminal liability under an article of the Criminal Code for the deliberate destruction or damage to someone else’s property.

Several criminal proceedings have also been initiated on the fact of the theft of Ukrainian flags. Including one person was detained – a man born in 1996, who on July 18 stole a flag displayed in support of Ukraine on a building in Daugavpils.

In addition, a number of departmental checks or proceedings on administrative offenses have been launched for placing pro-Russian military symbols in the environment or on infrastructure facilities.

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Each mentioned event is carefully assessed for signs of a hate crime, the police emphasize.

As it was reported last week, this year 34.7 thousand citizens of Ukraine arrived in Latvia and registered their place of residence. At the same time, 5.9 thousand of them started working in Latvia.

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