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Vladimir Putin and Louise Arbour are to discuss the problems of the Russian-speaking population in Latvia and Estonia
Vladimir Putin and Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR), are to discuss the problems of the Russian-speaking population in Latvia and Estonia during a meeting on Thursday. "The high commissioner's attention will be drawn to the unfavorable humanitarian situation in Latvia and Estonia where the problem of the non-citizens, most of whom are Russian-speaking, is most urgent," a Kremlin source told RIA Novosti. According to the official, in the year of the 60th anniversary of the victory over Nazism, "the international community should be especially concerned about the resurgent persecution of antifascist veterans and outrageous attempts to glorify former Nazis in these countries". According to Russian expert estimates, about 150 veterans of the Great Patriotic War (1941-45) against Nazism have been accused of genocide in Latvia. Louise Arbour arrived in Russia on Wednesday for the first time on a working visit as the UN high commissioner for human rights. "The Russian side expects Ms. Arbour's first visit to Russia as the UN high commissioner for human rights will contribute to bolstering constructive cooperation between Russia and the United Nations in the field of human rights and facilitate establishing fruitful contacts between the high commissioner and the Russian government," the official said.
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