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Navalny supports TV Rain, calls Latvia's decision to revoke license erroneous

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Alexei Navalny, who is currently serving a sentence in penal colony #6 in Vladimir, supported the TV Rain channel whose license was recently revoked by the Latvian authorities. He wrote about it on Twitter:

«I want to express my support for @tvrain. It is an honest, independent media outlet that I have worked with since its inception. Their work this year, when they uncompromisingly condemned Putin's war against Ukraine and became a source of truth about that war for millions of Russians, delights me.
The decision of the Latvian authorities to revoke TV Rain's license seems to me misguided and based on a lack of information. Of course, Latvia is free to make any decision in the interests of its citizens, and I don't think they see a threat in a media outlet whose host made an on-air slip.»

Navalny said he believes in European democracy and the judicial systemh and has no doubts that «a fair decision will be made in the end.”

On December 6, TV Rain's license was revoked. This happened after host Alexei Korostelev uttered a phrase on air about supplying Russian mobilized soldiers, for which he was fired. According to Ivars Abolins, head of the National Electronic Media Council of Latvia, the decision was made «due to the threat to national security.”

The official himself had written posts on Twitter during the Euromaidan that Latvia should sponsor Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (who opposed the country's European integration), because Ukraine did not belong in the European Union. He also called Putin's speech before the Federation Council of the Russian Federation on the day of the annexation of Crimea on March 18, 2014 excellent.

According to him, he regretted his old statements as they were based «on the information available at the time.”

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