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Banned from elections, Tatiana Zhdanok appealing to European Court of Human Rights

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Banned from elections, Tatiana Zhdanok appealing to European Court of Human Rights


02.07.2018

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Russian Latvian Union party leader Tatiana Zhdanok is not taking part in the forthcoming parliamentary elections this autumn. The corresponding decision was made by the Constitutional Court of Russia. The reason for the ban is that the politician used to be a member of the communist party after January 1991, Mixnews informs.

Tatiana Zhdanok has stated that this is a politically-motivated decision. She has also claimed that she did not expect such an outcome and needed that decision only in order to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

“I am sure that the further decision will be positive and the European Court will make Latvia cancel the political restrictions based on the events of 30 years ago,” Zhdanok said.

As the Russkiy Mir Foundation advised earlier, Tatiana Zhdanok refused a seat in the European Parliament in order to take part in the Latvian parliamentary elections. The main reason for this was deterioration of the situation for the Russian-speaking community of Latvia. In particular, Tatiana Zhdanok intends to protect the Russian schools, which will be shifted to the Latvian language only in accordance with the decision of the authorities.

The security police made Tatiana Zhdanok a suspect in the criminal case of All-Latvian parents’ meeting in May 2018. The main topic of the meeting was a protest against shift of pre-school and school education to the Latvian language. The security police supposes that some anti-state activities might have happened during the All-Latvian parent meeting.

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