Latvia has always stood up for the right of individuals to freely express their political will in democratic, free and fair elections. On 27 July and 3 August, large-scale demonstrations took place in Moscow, with people protesting about the refusal of the Russian authorities to register independent candidates for the municipal elections planned for September 2019. On both of these occasions, a large number of demonstrators were detained by force. Latvia calls upon the Russian authorities to free the detained demonstrators without delay.
Latvia furthermore would like to stress the importance of adhering to the basic democratic principles and commitments which Russia has itself pledged to apply as a member of the OSCE and Council of Europe, and especially Russia’s resolution to ensure freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association, as guaranteed under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.