Integration monitor is a daily Latvian press digest on ethnic minority and society integration issues. The Monitor reviews the biggest Latvian dailies: Diena, Latvijas Avize, Neatkariga (in Latvian language), Vesti Segodnya (in Russian language). In specific cases other information sources are used. Latvian Centre for Human Rights is not responsible for information published by the media.
- According to Latvijas Avize, a soldier of the National Armed Forces was dismissed from service due to his pro-Russian opinion regarding conflict in Ukraine
- MP Imants Paradnieks: it is blindness to deny the fact that the society is divided
According to Latvijas Avize, a soldier of the National Armed Forces (NAF) was dismissed from service due to his pro-Russian opinion regarding conflict in Ukraine. The soldier openly expressed his opinion in social networks. The Minister of Defence Raimonds Vejonis says that this case is an exception and does not reflect the views of all NAF soldiers about geopolitical events. According to the Commander of the NAF Raimonds Graube, there is a programme on patriotic education of soldiers and they are trained how to analyse information during information war.
Latvijas Avize interviews the MP, one of the leaders of the National Union (NU) Imants Paradnieks. Commenting a statement made by the Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma that Latvian society is not divided, Mr Paradnieks says that it is blindness to deny the division and the question is to what extent the society is divided and how to solve it. He is convinced that there are individuals among Latvian residents who are excepting intervention of Russia to Latvia and it is also important to find out how many there are such people and how to deal with it. Mr Paradnieks believes that the main aim and task of the state is to ensure that there would be always many ethnic Latvians in Latvia.