The Board of Directors of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) expelled the Association of Ukrainian Societies in Latvia (AUSL) from its ranks due to the anti-Ukrainian activities.
As the press service of the UWC informs, the decision was made on 13 March after the AUSL representative’s speech at a special meeting. The UWC Board of Directors made a conclusion that the activity of this organisation contradicts the basic principles and values of the UWC.
In particular, “based on the open-source information gathered, it was established that the members and leaders of AUSL clearly demonstrate an anti-Ukrainian position.”
This includes “the promotion of anti-Ukrainian information on various social networks; actions guided by the ideology of the ‘Russian world,’ spreading misinformation about the war in Eastern Ukraine and slandering the Ukrainian Government, which the Association alleged is a ‘fascist faction’ that kills children; statements that discredit the Revolution of Dignity; promoting the idea of creating a new Russian republic; ennoblement of terrorists and war criminals in Donbas.”
In addition, the AUSL members cooperated with Russian propaganda media, supported pro-Russian radical groups in Latvia that undermine its sovereignty, and promoted banned Soviet symbols and history in Latvia. Moreover, the AUSL leaders and representatives participated in the events of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Latvia, etc.
The evidence was provided to the AUSL President and Board in an official written communication, however, none of the presented evidence was refuted in writing or during the AUSL representative’s speech at a special meeting of the UWC Board of Directors.
It is underscored that the UWC made such a decision for the first time in its more than a 50-year history.
The Association of Ukrainian Societies in Latvia was one of three member organisations from this country.
The Ukrainian World Congress pledged to work with its constituent organisations in Latvia to strengthen Ukrainian patriotic forces and support the formation of a new central representation of Ukrainians in Latvia for pro-Ukrainian civic activities.