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    Activist May Face Criminal Proceedings Over Appeal to Join Russia in Latvia

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    Latvian Security Police (DP) have requested that criminal proceedings be initiated against an individual, who collected signatures for Latvia's accession to Russia, police said in a statement Friday.

    RIGA (Sputnik) — The collection of signatures was launched on the website Avaaz.org. As of April 17, over 6,000 people signed the petition.

    According to local media, the activist organized the canvassing in March 2014, prior to the start of a referendum in Crimea on secession from Ukraine and reunification with Russia.

    In February 2015, the initiator of the campaign was detained. Latvia's police seized his computers and data storage devices.

    Following the activist's arrest, Latvian law enforcers instituted criminal proceedings against him for an appeal aimed at undermining the territorial integrity of the Baltic state.


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