14:24 Apr. 21, 2016
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.
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.
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.