Crann na Beatha Neart agus Onóir
"Politics is a rotten egg; if broken, it stinks."
Seriously? I can understand people not wanting Russian as an official language but as I've said the core issue has nothing to do with that. These people should be citizens and that right is not a "special" demand.
I also think you may misunderstand the phrase "forget the past". It does not mean stop speaking Russian.
1) Why should they be citizens?
2) What exactly do you understand by "forget the past"? Is it the old colonisers' chestnut of forgetting all the things that suit them/that cast them in a bad light, and remembering all the things that suit them/that they want to hold on to?
spurious Category Moderator
I would imagine because to expect anyone to work for the future of a country they must have a stake in that country's future.
No, forget the past as in stop constantly harping on about Nazi sympathisers and imperialist Soviet expansion and День Победы and years of occupation and work together for the future of the country.
Is there anyone of any flavour in Latvia who can do that?
They should be citizens because they've been living there for at least 21 years, were possibly born there, will probably be living there for the rest of their lives and should have a right to take part in the democratic process. I can certainly understand why this happened to begin with, and how it was hoped that it would sort itself out by now (via naturalization), but the fact is that there are too many people who it's now clear will remain in in this category.
You're actually the first person to use the phrase "forget the past" in this thread, I was just quoting you. No, it doesn't mean that though.