This country wants to ban the Russian language in the workplace

A former member of the USSR who shares a border with Russia wants to ban the Russian language in the workplace.

Latviaformer member of Soviet Union which shares a border with Russia, wants prohibit the use of the Russian language in the workplace.

A gesture against “Russification”

The country’s deputy prime minister and justice minister, Janis Bordans, told theDelfi News Site in an article published on Saturday, August 13 that the Department of Justice was working on amendments to the Bilingualism Restriction Act.

According to an English translation of his remarks, Bordans said that “the long-term consequences of Russification are such that the practice of the simultaneous use of Latvian and Russian in daily communications, places of service and workplaces has taken root.

The new law would be reduce the prevalence of the Russian language in the Latvian public sphere. Bordans said Delphi that “society should know that the Latvian language should be used in business relations, as well as for communication in the workplace”. He said, as reported Newsweek:

It is necessary to establish a ban on using a language that is not the language of the European Union, in addition to the state language when selling goods or providing services. It is possible that Russian is also excluded from telephone and bank messages.

Russian already limited in schools

In 2018, the Latvian government adopted amendments to the Education law and general education law which restricted Russian as language of instruction in schools across the countryas reported by NPR.

The new law came into force in 2019 and put a more emphasis on Latvianwith the objective that by 2021, the last three years of high school will be taught entirely in the official language of the country.

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb