Disinfo: Any contacts with Russia penalised by Latvian law


Article 81.1 of the Latvian Criminal Code criminalizes any contacts with Russia. Even relationships with people living in Russia are penalised in accordance with Latvian law.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Russophobia.

Latvian Criminal Law doesn't criminalize "any contacts with Russia". Article 81.1, mentioned in the article, says: 'Assistance to a Foreign State in Action Directed against the Republic of Latvia For a person who commits activities with the purpose to assist a foreign state or a foreign organisation to take action against national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, State power or administrative order of the Republic of Latvia, the applicable punishment is the deprivation of liberty for a period of up to five years or temporary deprivation of liberty, or community service, or a fine, with probationary supervision for a period of up to three years'.

See here for the excerpt of the Latvian Criminal Law (in English).



  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Latvian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia
  • Keywords: Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Latvia


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