The IMAN, the council of the Muslim community of Riga, and the Advisory Council of Latvian Muslims have expressed their concerns about the increase in anti-Muslim sentiments in the country. The joint statement of these two organisations published in the Russian Biznes i Baltiya (Business and Baltics) newspaper, declares that "recently, certain Latvian mass media reports and statements blame terrorism on Islam and are spreading anti-Muslim sentiments and distrust in Muslims within the community." The statement also says that "Islam is a traditional religion of Latvia." Unofficial sources report that the Muslim community of Latvia comprises of some 10,000 people.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987