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Russian-speaking community of Latvia requests EU to stop closing down Russian schools

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Russian-speaking community of Latvia requests EU to stop closing down Russian schools


30.01.2018

BaltNewsThe head of Russian Community of Latvia Vladimir Sokolov addressed EU with a request to react on closing down Russian schools by the Latvian authorities, BaltNews informs.

Sokolov has underlined that Russian schools in Latvia have been teaching children since the end of 18th century. They never stopped working, either at wartime or at USSR period. Now this Russian tradition in Latvia is under a real threat. He emphasized that when Latvia entered EU, Russians living on its territory did the same. That is why EU is held responsible for Russian-speaking community of Latvia.

No official comments have been addressed to Vladimir Sokolov so far.

Starting 2020/21 academic year, Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia intends to switch Russian schools into Latvian language. The initiative issued by the Latvian parliament members was supported by President who called for fundamental preparation for this transition. Last week this initiative was approved by the Parliament. This draft was criticized by Russian-speaking social organizations and parents of children studying in Russian schools who rationalize that the law change will split the society and diminish the education level in the country.

As the Russkiy Mir Foundation reported earlier, mayor of Riga calls Russian schools’ transfer to Latvian language a provocation. The day before Latvian parliament members got almost 15000 signatures in favor of leaving educational curriculum in Russian at schools.

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