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Russia denounces Latvian ban on news agency

Moscow, refuse of permission to open a bureau discrimination

29 August, 19:43

(ANSA-AP) - MOSCOW - Russia says Latvia has refused permission to a Russian state news agency to open a bureau in the country - a case that Moscow says is open discrimination.

According to the ministry statement, Latvia refused registration to Rossiya Segodnya on the grounds that its contents were contrary to the Latvian constitution. Rossiya Segodnya is the umbrella organization for the RIA-Novosti and Sputnik news operations. Latvia, which has a sizeable Russian-speaking minority, last year banned broadcasts of Russian state television for several months. (ANSA-AP).

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