: Latvian Security Police looks into prosecution of travel to Crimea

14:24 Apr. 21, 2016

Latvian Security Police looks into prosecution of travel to Crimea

Orthodox believers dip in the Black Sea during the celebration of Epiphany. (Getty Images)

Agency owners claim ignorance, say they did not know trips were banned

The Latvian Security Police wants Riga Court District Prosecutors to launch a criminal investigation against the people that have organized tourist trips to the Russian-occupied Crimea, Delfi reports.

Read also RFE/RL: Cheap, beautiful, ours - Crimea sold as Russian holiday paradise

The authorities have already started the criminal proceedings due to the violation of the E.U. ban on the provision of services that are directly related to tourism in Crimea and Sevastopol.

Previously, the travel agency's representative Eleonora Ivanova stated to the LETA agency that four vacation packages had been sold in May and June of last year. The travel agency staff assert that they did not know that organizing of the trips to Crimea was banned.

Watch also Russian occupation forces Crimean tourist industry to pin hopes on Asia

The Latvian Security Police states that there is enough evidence for the opening of the criminal inquiry for the deliberate violation of the state regulations set out by the E.U. legislation and other international organizations.

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