Latvia will restrict the use of the Russian language
Latvian Justice Minister Janis Bordans said his country was working on drafting a law restricting the use of the Russian language in workplaces and social settings.
In an interview with the Delphi agency, Bordans added that a ban should be imposed on the use of a language that is not one of the languages of the European Union (EU), and that he should be forbidden to use it next to the state language when selling goods or services, adding that it is not excluded that the Russian language will be written off when communicating and in banks.
The minister indicated that it is possible to deduce this law from the referendum on the second state language of 2012.
Bordans explained that the Latvian language should be used in business transactions, as well as for workplace communication.
According to him, in the near future, such a law could be sent to a meeting of the parties that make up the government, after which it will become possible to submit it to the Latvian Parliament.
Currently, about 1.8 million people live in Latvia, of which about 40% speak Russian. In this republic, there is only one official language, Latvian. The Russian language has the status of a foreign language.