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Latvia will expel 34 Russian citizens from the country

The Latvian Ministry of Internal Affairs has decided to deport 34 Russian citizens, the head of the department, Rihards Kozlovskis, said on Monday. In March 2024, the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs transferred to the border service data on approximately 800 Russians who do not have the right to stay in the country.

"34 exit orders were issued" - Kozlovskis said on TV3.

According to him, out of about 800 Russians whose residence permits were not renewed, less than 600 people left Latvia on their own, mainly through third Schengen countries such as Estonia. The whereabouts of about 100 Russian citizens could not be established.

Previously, the Constitutional Court of Latvia recognized as legal the requirement to pass an exam in the Latvian language for Russians who were previously citizens of the country and had a permanent residence permit. In January 2024, the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs announced that 1167 Russian citizens were facing deportation, of which 789 were over 60 years of age. However, it is unknown how many of them have already left the country. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs admitted that instead of mass deportations, there will likely be isolated cases.

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