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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Protest in Riga

RIGA, Latvia -- About 400 Russian students took to the streets in Riga on Thursday to protest the Latvian government's language policy and demand the right to study in their native language.

Latvia's citizenship and language laws have been criticized as discriminatory by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union, which Latvia is trying join. Last month Moscow imposed economic sanctions on Riga.

Legislation under consideration would gradually force schools, public and private, to offer at least half their classes in Latvian.