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Tatjana Ždanoka

Tatjana Ždanoka
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
July 2004
Constituency Latvia
Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia
Member of Parliament
for Riga 40th district
In office
May 1990 – June 1993
Personal details
Born (1950-05-08) 8 May 1950
Riga, Latvia
Citizenship USSR (until 1991)
stateless (1991—1996)
Latvia (since 1996)
Political party Communist Party of Latvia (1971—1991)
Equal Rights/ForHRUL (since 1993)
Other political
European Free Alliance
Alma mater University of Latvia
Profession mathematician

Tatyana Arkadyevna Zhdanok, (Communist Party of Latvia after January 1991, when the party leadership called for a coup against the elected government of the Latvian SSR (in opposition to democratic reforms and a restoration of independence). She is prohibited from nominating for election to the Latvian Parliament or local councils under Latvian law due to her former allegiance with the Communist Party after January 1991. She is (with Alfrēds Rubiks) in the peculiar position of being restricted to Europarliament elections.[1] Zhdanok has been co-chairperson of the LRU and its predecessors since 2001.


  • Biography 1
  • Criticism 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Born in Riga, Zhdanok is of Latvian Jewish origin, coming from a family decimated by Latvian Nazi collaborators during World War II.[2]

Zhdanok became politically active in the late 1980s, at first a member of the Popular Front, she soon became one of the leaders of the Soviet Union and market reforms. Prior to that, she taught mathematics at the University of Latvia, where she received her doctorate in mathematics in 1992. In 1989, she was elected to the Riga city Soviet, and in 1990, to the Supreme Soviet of the Latvian SSR. Zhdanok was also active with the Communist Party of Latvia.

From 1995 till 2004 Zhdanok was co-chairperson of the Latvian Human Rights Committee (a member of FIDH).[3] She has also been one of the leaders of Equal Rights since it foundation in 1993 and of the For Human Rights in United Latvia alliance.

After Latvia regained independence, Zhdanok was banned from running for the Latvian parliament Saeima and deprived of her seat on Riga city council in 1999, because she had remained active in the Communist Party after the party leadership called for a coup against the elected government of the Latvian SSR in January 1991. Subsequently she sued Latvia in the European Court of Human Rights.

With the court case pending, the Latvian parliament decided not to impose restrictions on former members of the Communist Party in the 2004 European Parliament elections. Zhdanok was elected to the European Parliament in June 2004 and won the court case a few days later with a margin of 5-2. Latvia appealed the decision to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that Latvia's emergence from totalitarian rule brought about by the occupation of Latvia had not been sufficiently taken into account, and on March 16, 2006, the court ruled 13-4 that Zhdanok's rights had not been violated.

In 2005 Zhdanok became one of the founders of the EU Russian-Speakers' Alliance.[4]

In 2004, she ran successfully for MEP as a candidate of the largest Russian political bloc in Latvia.[5] She also won a seat in 2009.[1] In the European Parliament she is a member of the fraction The Greens–European Free Alliance.

Ždanoka took part in the election observation of the controversial [7]

A submission has been made by another Latvian MEP,

  • CV of Ždanoka from website of the LRU
  • Tatjana Ždanoka in the European Parliament
  • HRUL in European Parliament: Europeanisation of a Soviet Legacy? by A. Vysotskaya
  • Press release of ECHR on judgement in case Ždanoka vs. Latvia, 2004
  • Judgment of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, Case of Ždanoka vs. Latvia, 2006
  • B. Bowring Negating Pluralist Democracy: The European Court of Human Rights Forgets the Rights of the Electors // Kurdish Human Rights Project Legal Review No. 11 (2007)

External links

  1. ^ a b Kaspar Näf 11 June 2009: Kaspar Näf: eurovalimised tugevdasid Läti venemeelseid, published by Postimees
  2. ^ Lieven, Anatol. The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-300-06078-5, ISBN 978-0-300-06078-2. P. 442.
  3. ^ MEP profile: Tatjana Ždanoka
  4. ^ (Russian)
  5. ^ a b Jamestown Foundation 23 May 2004: Zhdanok Candidacy Polarizes Latvian Election by Vladimir Socor
  6. ^ Crimean referendum in line with int'l standards, laws – Austrian observer
  7. ^
  8. ^ (
  9. ^ Шадурскис отказался преследовать Жданок(Russian)


The Jamestown Foundation's Vladimir Socor has called her a "radical" opposed to Latvian national statehood.[5]


[9] The application of Šadurskis was rejected by Security Police which didn't find a crime in Ždanoka's actions.[8]

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