In 2014, Maxim Koptelov published a petition online, which was calling for Latvia becoming part of Russia, while the bottom line of the post read that it should be treated as a joke. In February, 2015, he was arrested over the issue.
Latvian Security Police (DP), which investigated the case, came to a conclusion that the suspect was fully aware of the consequences of his actions, and the text of the petition was qualified as a public call for the liquidation of the state independence, while Koptelov was sentenced to six months in prison.
"This sentence is extremely harsh. Let's see what the motives of the court are. It is a very bad precedent among the freedom of expression [cases]," Bulgakova said.
Previously, Bulgakova anticipated that her client could appeal the verdict, as it was "a disgrace for Latvia."