Latvia Bans Russian TV Host Over Hitler Remarks

Latvia on Thursday said it would ban entry to a Russian TV host after he called Hitler a “very brave man” while disparaging Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

“The glorification of Nazism in any form is unacceptable to Latvia,” Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics wrote on Twitter.

На основании ч. 2 ст. 61 Закона об иммиграции я принял решение о включении гражданина Российской Федерации Владимира Соловьева в список нежелательных лиц Латвийской Республики. Для Латвии не приемлема глорификация нацизма в любой форме.— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) February 18, 2021

Vladimir Solovyov, known as a Kremlin propagandist, is on a list of 35 people whom Navalny’s team has urged the European Union to sanction.

Hitler “was personally a very brave man”, Solovyov could be heard saying in a live broadcast.

“Unlike this codpiece Fuhrer [Navalny], he [Hitler] did not get out of army service. He fought honorably in the First World War,” Solovyov said.

Navalny, an opposition leader who is in jail on various charges, has also been accused of defaming a 94-year-old World War II veteran in a suit that could bring additional penalties.

The campaigner referred to the veteran and others who appeared in a pro-Kremlin video as “traitors.”

Latvia and the other Baltic states of Estonia and Lithuania, which were once ruled by Moscow and are now all members of the EU and the eurozone, have been highly critical of Russia over Navalny’s detention and a crackdown on protests.

(c) The Moscow Times


  1. Mr Solovyov, Navalny might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but his credulity is not in question. So where does that put you, Putin asslicker?

    “Any person who tries to start a war between Russia and Ukraine is a criminal, moreover, I can’t even imagine the extent of such criminality. In Ukraine live people fraternal to us in spirit, in blood, in common history. Do not shout “Sevastopol is ours!” Do not shout “Crimea is ours!” (2008).”

    “And why do you need Crimea?… It was, without a doubt, legitimately transferred (to Ukraine) by Kruschev. If we suddenly say (we’re taking it back) – it means war. Do you want a war with Ukraine? How many Ukrainian and Russian lives are you ready to lay down in order to take Crimea, which (by the way) has long become a Tatar territory?… Crimeans are against (rejoining Russia). (2013).”

    “We brought this day as best we could. Crimea and Sevastopol are again a part of Russia. Historical justice has triumphed!” (March 18, 2014).”

    • Well I guess Latvia can expect an equal response by the Hitler-worshippers.
      Oh wait, there’s no Latvian journalists in Mordor…:))
      Also, Riga is about half Russian. Unless I’m not correct, perhaps one of you eastern Europeans can correct me. But allowing such stark drivel to circulate through such a wonderful country is unthinkable and the Moskali have been taking advantage of that for years and years. Spouting lies and stoking division might be free speech but over the airwaves there must be responsibility and standards. Something Putin refuses while spreading his filthy hatred and discord. I wish all States would at least temporarily suspend all Russian media privileges until the occupations end. Putin has no right to spread propaganda in other countries.

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