In Latvia, the Saeima in the first reading approved the draft law on the status of a participant of the Second world war. With its help, I want to recognize the merits of citizens who participated in the global conflict no matter against whom they fought: Nazi Germany and its allies, or against the Soviet Union, the Agency reports Delfi.

The Seimas must consider this draft law in the final reading.

The law also will stipulate that Latvia is not legally responsible for the actions of the occupation forces during its occupation, and that she as an independent state in the hostilities during the Second world war did not participate.

The status of the participant of the Second world war would not allow the representatives of the national socialist party of Nazi Germany and its paramilitary agencies, secret police and security services. The same applies to those convicted of crimes against humanity, as well as employees of the KGB of the USSR and the LSSR – except those who in Soviet times worked in administrative positions, or engaged in, for example, Finance.

The participants of the Second world war will issue a certificate and a commemorative badge. And benefits as sotsgaranty they will be able to give self-government from their budgets.

Latvia recognizes the veterans who fought both against and for the Soviet Union 03.11.2017

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