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    The amendments of the Latvian Seimas to the law “On Education”, according to which all teaching in schools in the country will be translated into the Latvian language, are blatant discrimination and mean that Russian-speaking children in Latvia definitively lose the opportunity to acquire knowledge in their native language. This was stated on October 7 by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova. – the diplomat said in a statement on the website of the department.

    Zakharova indicated that such discrimination occurs, despite the fact that this Baltic country is a signatory of fundamental international legal treaties.

    She noted that in Latvia the number of Russian-speaking students is a quarter of the total number of students, and Russia will continue to draw the attention of relevant international structures to this intolerable situation.

    On September 26, the Russian Ambassador to Riga, Mikhail Vanin, in an interview with Izvestiya, said that the new restrictions adopted in Latvia regarding the Russian language are discrimination based on ethnic and linguistic principle. Adding that Latvia has become a police state. At the same time, the ambassador recalled that the Russian language in Latvia is the second most common and used in communication after the state language, it successfully served as the language of interethnic communication. For a third of the country’s population, he is native, although he does not have any status in Latvia, Vanin pointed out.

    Earlier, on August 29, the Minister of Education, Science and Sports of Lithuania, Jurgita the country may refuse to teach Russian as a second foreign language.

    In June, the Latvian government approved amendments to the law “On Education”. According to the document, all school and preschool education in the country will be carried out only in the Latvian language in all kindergartens (from September 1, 2023) and all schools (from September 1, 2025).

    On August 14, it became known that the Latvian authorities were developing a law to limit the use of the Russian language at work and in public places. The Minister of Justice of the country, Janis Bordans, did not rule out that the Russian language would also be excluded from telephone and bank messages. anti-Russian course of Riga. At the same time, about 40% of the population of Latvia are Russian-speaking. Currently, there is only one state language in the country – Latvian, and Russian has the status of a foreign language.

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