RIGA, June 6 - RAPSI. Former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov has applied to a Riga court for the reversal of a decision to blacklist him from entering Latvia, the DELFI on-line portal has reported.

Luzhkov also wants the court to order Latvian authorities to issue him a residence permit.

According to Xenia Novikova, the court president’s assistant, the court has accepted the complaint for consideration. However, Luzhkov’s request to be removed from the blacklist has not yet been approved, DELFI has reported.

Luzhkov said the permit denial was motivated by politics.

Luzhkov was Moscow’s mayor for over 18 years until a presidential decree removed him from office on September 28, 2010. The decree was issued due to a “loss of trust”.