The Ministry of Economy of Latvia from September 1 officially refuses to work in Russian.

Customers and the press will only be able to receive comments in Latvian. At the same time, about 1.9 million people live in the country, of which 40% are Russian speakers.

Economy Minister Ilze Indriksone explained that, as in other European countries, in Latvia state institutions and their representatives must use only the state language.

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