Matvienko has accused Estonia and Latvia in the creation of zones of apartheid and segregation in Central Europe

© Photo : press service of Spreadsheeting of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko. Archive photoMatvienko has accused Estonia and Latvia in the creation of zones of apartheid and segregation in Central Europe© Photo : press service of SF

Power in Latvia and Estonia have actually created a zone of segregation and apartheid in the heart of Europe, limiting the Russian-speaking population in a number of rights, said the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko.

«In the center of Europe actually created the area of ethnic segregation and apartheid. I mean vesting in Latvia and Estonia about 300 thousand Russian-speaking population in humiliating status of non-citizens. These people are not only excluded from participation in politics, but limited in a number of rights,» — said Matvienko at the Second Moscow conference on combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism in Moscow.

The Federation Council speaker noted the growth of Russophobia, which, in her words, used «certain forces in the West, in some other States» as a tool to counter Russia, and the politics of a multipolar world.

«For examples, as they say, is not far to seek. We all know, can be called by name of the state where open propaganda of hostility, even hatred of other peoples, the glorification of Nazi criminals and their accomplices. Where limited to the right to learn, to get information in their native language, difficult access to treasures of national culture», — said Matvienko.

Particularly successful in this regard, she said, the current Ukrainian authorities, who «actually built the Russophobia in the rank of official ideology and policy.»

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