Former USSR Member Looks to Ban Russian Language in Blow to Putin

Latvia, a former member of the Soviet Union that shares a border with Russia, could move to restrict the Russian language in workplaces in the near future in a potential blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the country’s deputy prime minister.

Janis Bordans, who also serves as Latvia’s justice minister, told the Delfi news site in an article published Saturday that the Ministry of Justice was working on the Bilingualism Restriction Law. He said that the “the long-term consequences of Russification are such that the practice of simultaneous use of Latvian and Russian in…

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