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Giving Latvian citizenship to non-citizens

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1500 citizens support the idea to hold a referendum on whether or not give Latvian citizenship to non-citizens, «For even rights» movement coordinator Andey Tolmachev reports.

He says that today, on April 12, Riga residents are able to give their signature for this idea in three locations in Riga without having to pay a notary fee. That fee is planned to be covered with the donations the organization receives.

Some of the donators are anonymous, because many businessmen fear possible repressions. Russia is in no way behind this plan, neither in a direct, nor in an indirect way, in fact, Russia does not even morally support this idea, explains the coordinator, thereby answering the question about our neighbor’s involvement.

A large amount of money was invested in television adverts in March, however these advertisements did not promise an immediate surge in the number of signatures. Tolmachev did not reveal the exact amount of money spent on the television adverts, because that would violate their agreement with the media channel, but promised to reveal these amounts in annual reports, which the «For even rights» movement has to file after one year.

He does not believe that the question of whether or not the attempt to hold a referendum will be considered to be a radical move, because the initiators wish to realize the Latvian National Front’s (LNF) program approved in autumn 1989, which offered to give citizenship to all people who wished to link their lives to Latvia. All deputies, who supported the declaration of restoration of Latvian independence, signed under this program.

The coordinator stresses that signature collection is not turned against Latvians, but is merely an attempt to bring Latvian residents closer.

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  1. Eduards says:

    If people are born in a country (latvia) and their parents are also born in the same country (latvia) Just becuase they speak russian does not mean they are not latvian, they contribute by paying the taxes and giving the country an economy that can work. In fact I know many people who love the country, its the system that fails them. Come on Lativa GROW UP as a country give people equal rights, do what is right and get the country together as a nation. We are afterall all citizens of our own making, lets all help and make this country great, “united we stand divided we fall”.

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