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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Latvia Appeals to India

RIGA, Latvia -- The Latvian foreign ministry has asked the Indian government to release on health grounds Igor Moskvitin, an ethnic Russia resident of Latvia serving a life sentence for arms smuggling, spokeswoman Liga Bergmane said.

Janis Karklins, deputy secretary of state at Latvia's foreign ministry, met with the Indian ambassador to Latvia, who agreed to forward the request to his government, Bergmane said in Riga.

Moskvitin is one of five ethnic Russians given life sentences last week in Calcutta after a judge ruled they had parachuted weapons intended for rebels into eastern India five years ago.