The Riga Department cannot transfer the dismantled monument to the liberators of Riga in the Leningrad Region, as it has no legal right to do so, the city authorities said. The scan of the official letter was posted by the RT TV channel.
The letter sent to the director of the Riga Municipality Agency “Riga Monuments Agency” states that on June 23, the law “On the prohibition of exhibiting and dismantling in the territory of the Latvian Republic of objects glorifying the Soviet and Nazi regimes.
According to the law, “the dismantling of the object <…> means the demolition or removal of an object in such a way that the object in question no longer exists, as well as the clearing of the liberated territory.
“In view of the above, the Riga Municipality has no right to transfer the monument to the Leningrad Region,” — The report says.
On May 12, the Saeima of Latvia adopted a law on the suspension of the bilateral agreement with the Russian Federation on memorial structures and monuments, which allows the monument to be dismantled in Riga. The next day, the Riga City Council voted to demolish the monument to the liberators of Riga. After that, the governor of the Leningrad region, Alexander Drozdenko, announced that the region was ready to place a monument on its territory.
Last week, the Latvian government supported the decision to demolish 69 monuments to the Red Army and other objects of the Soviet era.
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