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For Russians In Latvia, Citizenship Is Tricky, But Sights Are Set On Europei
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August 13, 2014
As the crisis in Ukraine highlights the country's ethnic divisions, some observers are keeping close watch on other countries with significant Russian minorities -- in particular, the three Baltic states. While Lithuania granted citizenship to all residents after the Soviet breakup, regardless of ethnicity, Latvia and Estonia designated Soviet-era migrants as non-citizens. Today, some 13 percent of Latvia's population are Russian-speaking non-citizens without the right to vote. The citizenship issue -- combined with fears of Moscow's influence -- has raised tensions, but many Russian speakers in Latvia say their future is set firmly in the European Union. (Produced by Alexandru Eftode and Margot Buff)

For Russians In Latvia, Citizenship Is Tricky, But Sights Are Set On Europe

Published 13 August 2014

As the crisis in Ukraine highlights the country's ethnic divisions, some observers are keeping close watch on other countries with significant Russian minorities -- in particular, the three Baltic states. While Lithuania granted citizenship to all residents after the Soviet breakup, regardless of ethnicity, Latvia and Estonia designated Soviet-era migrants as non-citizens. Today, some 13 percent of Latvia's population are Russian-speaking non-citizens without the right to vote. The citizenship issue -- combined with fears of Moscow's influence -- has raised tensions, but many Russian speakers in Latvia say their future is set firmly in the European Union. (Produced by Alexandru Eftode and Margot Buff)