On March 13, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) expelled the Association of Ukrainian Societies in Latvia (AUSL) from its ranks over the Association’s anti-Ukrainian stance that contradicts the basic principles and values of the UWC. This was announced on the website of the organization.
According to the message, this is the first time the UWC has made such a decision in its more than 50-year history. AUSL was one of three member organizations from Latvia.
“Based on the open-source information gathered, it was established that the members and leaders of AUSL clearly demonstrate an anti-Ukrainian position. This includes the promotion of anti-Ukrainian information on various social networks; actions guided by the ideology of the “Russian world”; spreading misinformation about the war in Eastern Ukraine and slandering the Ukrainian Government, which the Association alleged is a “fascist faction” that kills children; statements that discredit the Revolution of Dignity; promoting the idea of creating a new Russian republic; ennoblement of terrorists and war criminals in Donbas, in particular, Oleksandr Zakharchenko; cooperation with Russian propaganda media; support for pro-Russian radical groups in Latvia that undermine its sovereignty; promotion of banned Soviet symbols and history in Latvia; participation of AUSL leaders and representatives in the events of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Latvia; holding cultural events in the institutions of the Russian Federation and inviting diplomatic representatives of the aggressor state to them,” the statement reads.
This evidence was provided to the AUSL President and Board in an official written communication, however, none of the presented evidence was refuted in writing or during the AUSL representative’s speech at a special meeting of the UWC Board of Directors. Ultimately, this led to the exclusion of the AUSL from UWC membership.
On March 13, Ukrainian soldier died in Donbas combat zone.