Former MK Marina Solodkin, 60, died yesterday in Riga, Latvia where she was attending a conference. She became ill during her address to the conference and right after she finished speaking went to her hotel room, where her body was discovered some time later.
Before she left for Riga, she wrote on her Facebook page that "neo-Nazism has raised its ugly head recently in Eastern Europe, in the post-Soviet countries. We must be alert." Solodkin said she would be taking part in a roundtable discussion with European parliamentarians and public figures.
Solodkin, who was born in Moscow in 1952 and immigrated to Israel in 1991, had a Ph.D. in economics. She was first elected to the Knesset in 1996 as a member of Yisrael Ba'aliya and later for Likud and Kadima, and was deputy minister of immigrant absorption. She served in the 14th, 15th and 16th Knesset.
In 2007 she initiated a bill, together with MKs Stas Misezhnikov and Gilad Erdan, requiring the placement of resuscitation equipment in public places. In December, after placing ninth on the slate of the Kadima roster, she announced that due to the unlikelihood of her entering the next Knesset, she was leaving Kadima. Following the announcement of Solodkin's passing, former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni issued a statement on Twitter calling her a "true Zionist who never forgot the daily difficulties of immigrants." Solodkin is survived by her husband and two children.