Two years ago, in February 2012, Latvian voters rejected in a referendum plans to make Russian a second official language
The Russian-language daily Vesti believes the situation of the Russian minority has deteriorated since then:
The first reaction of the parliamentarians was to raise the legal hurdles for holding referendums. Today it’s virtually impossible to gather the required number of signatures for a referendum.
… And now according to the coalition agreement the new government wants only Latvian to be spoken at all government authorities, schools and kindergartens. And this is presented to us as democracy! The 40 percent of the population that is non-Latvian will no longer have any choice. Even in Soviet times everyone could get an education in their mother tongue. But in Latvia the government wants to deprive the minorities of this option.