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Russia expects Europe to react to discrimination of Russian-speaking people in Latvia

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Russia expects Europe to react to discrimination of Russian-speaking people in Latvia


24.04.2019

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Riga arranged a language genocide against the Russian-speaking people, which comprise over 40% of residents of the country, State Duma Deputy Sergei Zheleznyak stated. According to him, the destruction of Russian schools in Latvia is a blatant violation of human rights, REGNUM reports. 

It should be recalled that the day before, Constitutional Court of Baltic Republic recognized the transfer of schools of national minorities to the state language not contrary to Latvian Constitution.

It is very disturbing that in the Baltic republic, Russophobia is becoming more and more intense, and the authorities act according to the same scenario as Kiev, where the ruling regime purposefully destroys everything Russian, including language, history and the bearers of Russian culture themselves.

Sergey Zheleznyak is convinced that the international community, the OSCE and human rights organizations should assess the actions of Latvia, which contradict the fundamental principles of democracy and make it impossible for almost half of the population to study and work in their native language.

Member of the Human Rights Council Alexander Brod called the decision of Latvian Constitutional Court political. There is no doubt that its consequence will be the assimilation of the Russians.

He recalled that over the years, such processes are constantly expanding. This includes a decrease in the number of Russian-language media outlets, and constant pressure on human rights defenders, journalists and experts who advocate for Russian language and Russian culture.

The human rights activist added that his colleagues from Latvia are going to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. They constantly talk about discrimination at various international sites, but in the end it has no consequences. 

The Public Chamber of Russian Federation also plans to appeal to the Council of Europe. According to its member Elena Sutormina, it is necessary that everyone who defends the interests of Russian citizens abroad should be involved in this case. 

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