U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Europe
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-12-2013, 05:47 AM
 
1 posts, read 2,461 times
Reputation: 18

Advertisements

It's a notorious and well-known fact that Latvian authorities hate Russians very much but I want to tell you what they do on the eve on elections in June 2013.
These days oppression became even harder because Russian-language political force of Latvia is being persecuted under many strained reasons so more than 27% of Latvia's population that consist of Russian-speaking people would be deprived of any rights. Among the 'measures' is prohibition to register candidates or rejection to Russian-speaking people to enter in a register of voters.
I don't know what is on the mind of Latvian authorities but such squeezing of Russian-speaking population is very alarming because that's a first step towards genocide because if some people have no rights the rest can do with others whatever they like. Honestly I do not understand why Europe close eyes at Latvia's outrage towards Russian-speaking people and why country's authorities continue their vicious practice of suppressing them. Latvian government must equally treat country's population and not being that preconceived and discriminating...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-13-2013, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
668 posts, read 700,618 times
Reputation: 686
The exit is - to learn the Latvian language at last . Or 20 years aren't enough for russian-speakers?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-14-2013, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Europe, in the Land of the mean
950 posts, read 1,543,061 times
Reputation: 651
Ja saglasen. The general rule is, if you have citizenship of a country,then you need to have a decent understanding o the native language. Don't have to be fluent, just ok.(I am aware of the history of the Soviet Union and how the Russians ended up in the other former republics). Eg,if I wanted to move to Azerbaijan, then learning their tongue would be the order of the day. Of course, Russian would be be widely-used.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-14-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
78,988 posts, read 70,797,892 times
Reputation: 76979
Learn Latvian. Problem solved. It's not rocket science.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-15-2013, 05:58 AM
 
5,823 posts, read 10,167,514 times
Reputation: 4537
Its a scandal. The so hypocritical EU who is so obsessed with human rights in China or elsewhere at the other end of the world is not even able to enforce a basic right of European citizens (Estonia is part of the EU) the right to be able to practise their own regional language (in that case : Russian). Absolute SHAME, and kudos to the OP to bring up the subject, which seldom comes in the limelight!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-15-2013, 05:59 AM
 
5,823 posts, read 10,167,514 times
Reputation: 4537
oups...Latia. However I do believe Estonia has indeed the same problem with its Russian minority, on a lesser scale though.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-15-2013, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Strasbourg, France
44 posts, read 81,067 times
Reputation: 93
Dunno why the russian-speakers in Latvia don't learn latvian language, probably this is a form of protest, but current conditions of the minorities in the baltic states is really sad, where is EU looking for? So I heard about the Nazi parades in Latvia and Estonia, or the processions of people dressed as the SS troops in main cities of the countries, I don't understand only how is it possible in 21 century?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-15-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
9,033 posts, read 8,763,179 times
Reputation: 5666
^^^ I'm guessing it might have something to do with the fact that the USSR spent almost 60 years oppressing the Estonians and Latvians. Of course two wrongs don't make a right, but since the USSR forced all Balts to learn Russian, why is it so wrong for the Balts to insist that all resident Russians learn their country's language?

If a whole bunch of Latvians decided to go live in Russia, should they be allowed to speak only Latvian, demand government services in Latvian, etc., even 20+ years later?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-15-2013, 03:59 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
78,988 posts, read 70,797,892 times
Reputation: 76979
No one is stopping Russians from speaking Russian in Latvia. There is no human rights violation in that regard. A nation (Latvia) has the right to decide what language will be its official language. Settlers inside that nation can organize their own language classes, if they are concerned about their children learning their mother tongue. No one is preventing Russians from voting, except Russians themselves. All they have to do is learn Latvian. That's more than non-Native Americans get in Native communities; even if they learn the language, they're not allowed to vote in tribal elections. Yet nobody's kvetching. Quit your whining, and learn Latvian. Learning another language expands the mind. It's good for you.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-16-2013, 05:23 AM
 
5,823 posts, read 10,167,514 times
Reputation: 4537
Comparing Russians with Indian tribes you've actually given us the truth on how you consider Russian folk Ruth4truth : a primitive, backward tribe which should shut their mouth or speak only "white" and accept former SS (some of them or their fathers having murdered their family during WWII) parading in their midst (and even erecting monuments in the honor of Latvian/Estonian SS war criminals).In the EU . In 2.0;1.3!
you should be ashamed of yourself!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Europe
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:16 PM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top