Latvia intends to legally restrict the use of the Russian language
The Ministry of Justice emphasizes that Russian is not an EU language.
The Ministry of Justice of Latvia is considering the possibility of legislatively restricting the use of the Russian language in public places and workplaces. Delfi writes about this with reference to the head of the Ministry of Justice, Janis Bordans.
The minister recalled that in the 2012 referendum, almost 75% of the country's population voted against the use of Russian as a second state language. at the same time, he acknowledged that the long-term consequences of Russification are manifested in the fact that the practice of simultaneous use of the Latvian and Russian languages in everyday communication, service establishments, and the workplace has become entrenched.
Janis Bordans stressed that the time has come when the Latvian language should become the main language in communication and business in the country.
The head of the Ministry of Justice admitted that in the near future the bill could be sent for a meeting to the government, and then submitted to the Seimas.
Note that Latvia is among the countries that have suspended the issuance of visas to Russians.
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