On January 31, Nil Ushakov, the Mayor of Riga on his Facebook page has left an ironic comment about the new “Language friend” mobile application starting its work in Latvia.
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir addressed a letter to the Latvian authorities on January 5 urging them to revise their decision to deport Russian journalists Olga and Anatoly Kurlaev, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.
The Trimarium format will allow suggesting ideas about the future of the European Union and proposals on the issues of security and sanctions against Russia, the Polish Sejm Defense Committee’s Chairman Michał Jach said as he arrived to Lithuania on a working visit, Vesti-Kaliningrad reports citing Baltic News Service (BNS).
Four Latvian civic organizations, including the Russian Society in Latvia, filed a complaint to the Latvian Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to respond to a statement made by a member of the Latvian Parliament (Saeima), Edvīns Šnore, towards the Russian-speaking population of the Republic, a spokeswoman of the NPO (Nonprofit organization – Editor), Tatyana Favorova, said in an interview to media, the TASS news agency reports on May 29.
“This is a crime, not just some talking. It is something that must be punished under the Criminal Code,” this is how Favorova judged Šnore’s statement.
02.05.2017, Europe and the Middle East.
On May 01, seventy Spanish towns and cities witnessed May Day rallies and demonstrations, according to the RIA Novosti News Agency. Rallies were organized by Spain’s major labor union organizations, the General Workers’ Union (Spanish: Unión General de Trabajadores (UTG)) and the Spanish Union Workers’ Commissions (Spanish: Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO). Festivities were supported by left-wing parties, such as Podemos, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, Izquierda Unida left-wing Party and the others. The main slogans of the rallies were rising salaries and combating inequality in labor issues. In particular, equal salaries to men and women were demanded. Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, General Secretary of the Spanish Union Workers’ Commissions spoke at the Spanish capital’s rally and said, that they have been reporting economic growth for already two years in a row, and now the economy shall meet the needs of people. Demonstrators also charted a manifesto calling the Spanish government to make necessary reforms and changes providing labor productivity and welfare to go for the benefit of every person.
The Mayor of Riga, Nil Ushakov, wrote on April 26 on his personal Facebook page that the Latvian State Language Center (Latvian: VVC) imposed another fine on him for communicating with people in Russian.
“You are not going to believe this, the VVC fined me again for 50 euro. This time, the reason was that when Russian-speaking schoolchildren asked me questions in Russian at an unofficial meeting, I answered them in Russian, too. The event was shown online on my personal Facebook page,” said Nil Ushakov. “According to the VVC, an official must not reply to students in their native language even during informal communication”.
The “Immortal regiment” march will take place in Jūrmala on May 9, stated the Head of the “For Independent Latvia” movement, Jānis Kuzins on April 25, according to TASS.
“Most veterans are no longer at the age and state of health which would allow them to attend the Victory Day celebration in Riga; therefore, we will hold the May 9 memorial in Jūrmala with the help of the ‘Immortal regiment'”, stated Jānis Kuzins.