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Why Latvia is expelling its Russian speakers

2 March 2024

9:00 AM

2 March 2024

9:00 AM

Riga, Latvia

At the age of 74, Inessa Novikova, who is ethnically Russian, was told she had to learn Latvian or she’d be deported. ‘I felt physically ill when the policy was announced,’ she tells me when we meet in an office close to Riga’s city centre. ‘I’ve lived here peacefully for 20 years.

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