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In Latvia there is a campaign to DEHUMANIZE those working for Russian media, prosecuted journalist tells RT

As a freelance journalist, Berezovskaya has for years collaborated with Baltnews – a local private news portal founded by her colleague, veteran Latvian journalist Andrey Yakovlev. And she continued to do so after he transferred control of the outlet to Russian media group Rossiya Segodnya.  

In late December, Latvia opened a case against seven journalists working for two Russia-linked outlets – Baltnews and Sputnik. Berezovskaya is one of them, facing charges over the supposed violation of EU sanctions.  

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The journalist could now face a fine, or even imprisonment, if found guilty. 

Latvian authorities have “launched a real persecution campaign against journalists [working with] the Russian media,” Berezovskaya told RT.  

“We are living in a free country and have a right to publish [our stories] wherever we deem necessary,” she said, adding that no authority had declared Baltnews’ activities illegal.  

Riga maintains the journalists violated EU sanctions against Dmitry Kiselyov, the head of the Rossiya Segodnya media group. Kiselyov is under personal sanctions, but Latvia apparently sees it as a reason for a blanket ban on any cooperation with his media group. 

The journalist also notes that the attitude towards anyone working with the Russian media in Latvia is quite hostile, both among the authorities and the media. 

In another incident dating back to 2018, a now-late Latvian author, Didzis Sedlenieks, referred to Russians and Russian-speaking people as beings of the “lowest possible intellectual level,” who constitute “a genetic deviation from universal human norms.” “These beings have nothing of value, including human life,” he wrote in a Facebook post. 

Yet, in both cases, Latvian law enforcement concluded that no crime had been committed, according to Berezovskaya, saying that there exists freedom of speech.  

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