Alfrēds Rubiks ( Russian: Альфред Петрович Рубикс; born September 24, 1935 in Daugavpils) is a Latvian Socialist politician and a former leader of the Communist Party of Latvia. He was a Member of the European Parliament for Latvia from 2009 until 2014. In the European Parliament he was a member of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left group.
He served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the
Riga City Soviet from 1984 to 1990, effectively the last Communist mayor of the city. He was member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from July 1990 until its abolition in 24 August 1991. As head of the Communist Party of Latvia in 1991 he opposed Latvia's independence from the Soviet Union, and was imprisoned in July 1995 for his role in attempting to overthrow the then new democratic government and supporting the August 1991 coup d'état attempt in Moscow. [1 ] [2 ] Despite his incarceration, Rubiks was a candidate in the 1996 election for the [3 ] President of Latvia, but lost to incumbent Guntis Ulmanis. Rubiks was released in November 1997 for good behavior, [4 ] became chairman of the [5 ] Socialist Party of Latvia in 1999, and was elected a Member of the European Parliament in the 2009 European Parliament elections. [6 ]
Due to his former allegiance with the
Communist Party of Latvia after January 1991, Rubiks is prohibited from running for an electable office in Latvia under Latvian law. [7 ]
Gay prides, Rubiks has expressed the opinion that if he were the mayor of Riga, 'all such public' would not be moving in the streets; he claims that people with innate non-traditional sexual orientation make up no more than 1% and the rest are profiteers and 'debauchees'.