‘Medieval barbarism’: Riga mayor decries fine for use of Russian on official Facebook account

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‘The mayor of the Latvian capital Riga, has hit out at the Baltic country’s State Language Center (VVC) after being fined for posting in Russian on Facebook.

On Monday, Nils Usakovs, took to the social media platform to condemn the center and its policies, which he described as “medieval savagery”.

“The Latvian State Language Center launches an investigation why the mayor of Riga, when asked a question by Russian-speaking children, answered them in Russian,” Usakovs wrote.

“The spokesperson for the State Language Center publically states that the Mayor of Riga, even on his own personal Facebook profile, can write only in Latvian,” Usakovs continued.’

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