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Polish globes with Crimea as a Russian territory withdrawn from sale in Latvia

A scandal over globes from Poland picturing Crimea as a Russian territory unfolds in Latvia.

According to EADaily’s correspondent, the globes were imported into Latvia by a Polish producer in late July. Since then they have been sold in Maxima supermarkets, a retail chain owned by Lithuanians.

Maxima’s representative in Latvia Janis Beseris has already announced that the globes have been withdrawn from sale – though 65 of them have already been sold.

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According to Beseris, Maxima has already notified its suppliers of the incident and is ready to take back the sold globes if anybody wishes to give them back. It is not known yet if the Latvian authorities are going to charge anybody or not.

Meanwhile, the “banned” globes have already become a rarity, with some local internet commentators even ready to pay twice and thrice as much for them.

A similar incident occurred in Latvia early this summer, when a Riga-based travel agency was caught selling trips to Crimea. The police searched the agency and prosecuted two employees.

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