The Latvian state language Center has fined the mayor of Riga Nile Ushakov €50 for public communication with a group of students in the Russian language. About the head of the capital of Latvia said in his Facebook.

According to Ushakov, during the “informal meeting” “Russian students” asked him questions in their native language, it is the mayor and they were answered. The process of communication was broadcast on the personal page Ushakov in Facebook.

“In the opinion of the state language Center, the official cannot respond to students in their native language. Even during informal communication. But the fact of the translation of Facebook is also an aggravating fact. Despite the fact that my personal page,” said the official.

Ushakov added that he does not agree with the fine and challenge it in court, because it believed that the law of Latvia on the state language does not apply to informal communication.

The state language centre is a state institution in Latvia engaged in the inspection of compliance in the use of the Latvian language. For violation of the provisions of the law on state language officer faces up to 250 €fine in case of repeated violation – dismissal.

14 APR 2017 it was reported that the number of Russian speakers in Ukraine over the last 20 years has significantly decreased.

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The mayor of Riga fined for communicating with students in Russian language 27.04.2017

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