Lativa Bans ‘Russian Names’, Opposes to Russian-Speaking Media

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Lativa Bans 'Russian Names', Opposes to Russian-Speaking Media

While US media outlets and experts are speculating on expected Russian invasion in the Baltic states that will lead to an open military conflict between the US-led alliance and Russia and even to the usage of tactical nukes, the situation in the region is developing in own, much more prosaic way. This way does not include Russian “little green men” or a space bear marines, intervening peaceful US allies, no. It includes a constant pressure on the Russian-speaking population, for example, in Latvia (a permanent part of theories about the Russian agression in the region).

Latvia is blacklisting Russian names

The Latvian Ministry of Justice has issued a legislative proposal, prescribing Latvian citizens to give their children Lativan first and last names only. The law says first and last names are to be officially banned, if they do not meet the requirements of the Latvian language or “cause obstacles” to the integration in Latvian society.

Thus, if parents decide to choose a Russian name for their child (Examples: Kyrill, Gavriil), these names can not be registered. 500,000 Russians, 40% of the country’s total population, is apparently happy to face such an intolerance towards their native language and cultural identity from the Latvian government.

Despite being an obvious violation of human rights, the Latvian government argues that it’s an acceptable measure and will help to defend the Latvian independence from the so-called Russian agression. Big bad Russians will come and dub your citizens with Russian names. Defend yourself!

Latvia is expected to begin to examine the bill by September 1.

Latvia bans independent Russian-speaking media outlet “Zarya”

The Russians-speaking media outlet “Zarya” (http://zarya.lv/) was shut down on on May 16, 2016 after a year of pressure from the Latvian government. Zarya was launched by a ground of like-minded persons on March 16, 2016 and collected about 210,000 views during the year. Zarya pusrued the goal to provide an independent view on the situation in Latvia and defend the interests of the Russian speaking population of the country.

Latvian secret services to blame the media outlet for links with the Russian government. When these attempts are failed, the Latvian authorities denied to register Zarya as a legal media outlet because of its editorial policy is contrary to the attitude of the government. Zarya’s deputy editor, Hilarion Giers, says that the outlet has been pushed to stop the work because the Zarya team just does not have enough resources to operate in such a hostile environment.

Russian state-run media outlets such Sputniknews also face pressure in Latvia. In 2016, the website of international news agency Sputnik was blocked in the Latvian domain .lv in 2016. The Russian Foreign Ministry called Riga’s actions “nothing less than censorship.” However, Riga is not interested in comments of the Russian government.

Does the government, that oppresses 40% of its population, have reasons to fear mass protests and rebelion? Apparently, Riga believes that no, and the only possible reason of instability and economic collapse is Putin’s KGB agents among the Latvian citizens.

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  • Loveyou

    The Latvian have and has come up with new kinds of anti democratic
    formula. This time Latvian government is telling parrents that all new
    born must have first name and last name in Latvian only. Also the
    Latvian government is banning Russian speaking media. What kind of EU is
    this?? On one hand there is the dictator Merkel ruling the shenghen
    area like though it is her little house garden. On the other hand the
    individual news states of eastren EU are ever increasingly hating
    Russians and its language and also oppressing the Russian people living
    there, including passing out very oppressive laws. Even in Afghanistan
    and somalia such laws will not be passed. The EU false vision of
    democracy is already fallen on its face when the entire eastren EU is
    busy persecuting Russian language people and their culture.

    • D.R.Phantom

      I think they are creating unbearable hostile environment as for Russian population. At any sign of protest (what they expect to induce by waging the ongoing carefully-designed policy), they will deprive domestic Russian population to the point that Russian must intervene to protect their people. And that is exactly what is the aim of American policy. Then comes another outcry of the Russian aggression and with all pieces already at place begins the NATO assault on Russia.

      • 35MK

        They can not win AK holding goat fuckers in Afghanistan for 15 years now and you think they dare to assault Russia?They don’t have the balls and the resources to do that.They just want to keep the NATO puppets in line and sell weapons to these idiots.

  • Random guy

    It is kinda late. Name ban is a very long term strategy, regardless what the purpose is. But whatever is going to happen between Latvia/Russia/Nato will happen within 10 years.