Russian-speaking to Latvia not to returnNot eligible to travel abroad in Latvia is not present
Russian-speaking to Latvia not to return
But there is now a half-million not entrance
Today the governmental order of Latvia according to which the aliens constantly living in republic, can leave the country with international passports of the former USSR comes into force. But to return on them back they cannot any more. Thus, about 500 thousand Russian-speaking inhabitants of Latvia the right to a freedom of movement lose.
to return to the republic, the left aliens should address in the Latvian embassies. There will check up, whether the applicant as constantly living in Latvia, and only is registered after that will give out the special permission to returning in the country - disposable. At each following departure procedure in accuracy will be repeated. If, certainly, the desire to travel at aliens is not gone.
as have explained to the correspondent in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in December of last year on mezhmidovskih consultations representatives of Russia asked the Latvian authorities to renew the Soviet passports at least till the end of 1998. However Riga has agreed to recognise the Soviet document only till July, 1st. Has However, promised to provide all Russian-speaking inhabitants with so-called passports of aliens. But while third of interested persons - " could receive them only; not entrance “ there were almost half-millions the person.
the High-ranking employee of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has regarded this step of Riga as “ one more acknowledgement of unwillingness of the Latvian authorities to correct an abnormal situation with Russian-speaking aliens “. As he said, “ it is a question not of a technical problem, and about infringement of the right to a freedom of movement, fixed in all international documents “.
However, discrimination measures concerning Russian-speaking citizens living in Latvia entrance problems - departure, probably, will not be limited. Approved last week the Latvian diet of the amendment to the law on citizenship (which, by estimations of Moscow and so have cosmetic character) can not come into force at all. Nationalist adjusted deputies of a diet, having collected signatures of third of members of parliament, have demanded from president Guntisa Ulmanis to block these amendments. Under the law the president is obliged by it to obey. Radicals intend to achieve a referendum on discussion of amendments.
In this case change of the discrimination law will be tightened for a long time. According to the source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, it only confirms assumptions that amendments to the law on the citizenship, really eliminating discrimination of the Russian-speaking population, Latvia will accept not earlier than October when will take place parliamentary elections. “ after all now the main thing for the Latvian parties - to struggle for voices of nationalist adjusted layers. All it obviously will not be co-ordinated with norms of the European Union where Latvia so aspires “ - he has underlined.
GENNADY - SYSOYEV