In General, the findings of the Ministry of culture in the study "Participation of national minorities in the democratic processes in Latvia", is very positive. If two years ago only 67% of the interviewed representatives of national minorities stated that a sense of belonging to the country, this time the figure rose to 84%. The relationship with Russia, on the contrary, decreases of 21% compared to 28% two years ago.
"The attitude of the representatives of national minorities becomes more loyal, the number of differences between Latvians and representatives of other nationalities on many issues is reduced. The biggest pride for their country of ethnic minorities face in the cases when Latvia achieves international success in culture and sport", — stated in the report of the Ministry of culture.
Latvijas avīze, in turn, suspects the Ministry of culture in an attempt to "represent all in lighter shades than really are". Although the number of representatives of national minorities, who consider unacceptable the deportation of 1941 and 1949, rose sharply (from 29% to 44%), they still think the days of finding Latvia in the USSR the best. More than half — 55% — believe that "it was more good than bad" and 16% "very good". Critical to this historical period is only 11%, the newspaper said. However, doubled the number of those that chose the response "difficult to say" (18% instead of 9%), and only a couple of years ago those that believed the Soviet times are very good, there were 29% instead of the current 16%.
According to the study, 18 of November (the day of the founding of the Latvian state) celebrating 52% of ethnic minorities, and may 4 (independence day) is only 28%.
"The saddest thing with the self — assessment of knowledge of the Latvian language and using it as a state. At this time, the number of respondents who said they do not speak Latvian at all, 8% is 4 times more than in 2015. Also from 30% to 17% decreased the rate know the Latvian language very well. Overall, however, 46% of respondents said that they are willing to speak Latvian.
Latvijas Avize leads the review of the national policy is configured, the author became notorious publication of "Russian lice" Edwin Schnoor (Netblock). He blamed the minorities in "fake supplies".
"Their sense of belonging grows, but what the Latvia they want to belong to? One where you can do the Russian language!", — outraged Schnoor. It is not satisfied that the "Russian-speaking freely enjoy cultural and artistic activities in the Russian language, using it in public transport, shops and other places." The politician called the current situation "sad" and said that "installing the integration based on the Latvian language failed".
In response to the statement by the representative of the Netblock freelance Advisor to the Ministry of culture Martins Kapranos will emphasize that the study is based on providing reliability methods, and the main conclusion that can be drawn based on the results that the fragmentation of the Latvian society is actually not so terrible, as sometimes trying to describe.