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08.02.2006   Summary of the article “Citizenship Law Should Be Stricter” published in the newspaper Latvijas Avīze on September 12th, 2005

My Doctor`s dissertation dealt with citizenship within international and political law. Therefore after the adaptation of Independence Declaration, Supreme Council of the Latvian Republic commissioned me to prepare draft for the Law on Latvian citizenship. It was accepted in the first reading, however in the second reading both MPs from LNNK and Interfront representatives in the Supreme Council voted against it. Later on, Mr Lagzdiņš compiled an incompetent draft on the basis of my proposal, and it got adopted in 1994 and, after numerous amendments, remains in force up to day. Therefore, due to its innate imperfection, it must be changed at least for the fifth time.


The law on citizenship is a political law, through which a nation elaborates questions of vital importance. Content of such legislation is an internal affair of each country, in which, according to the UN Statute, Art.2, Part 7, neither this organization nor other countries may interfere, unless this legislation contradicts legislative principles generally accepted by civilized nations.


All Europen Union member countries (except for two) are national states dominated by one nation and language, which the EU specially values after the recent shock that mass immigration and terrorism menace gave to it.


In Latvia, there are tens of schools where not a single ethnic Latvian can be found, and where students, encouraged by provocateurs, demonstrate mass protest against our country`s legislation, while in the Parliament and outside of it, in our own land, provocateurs threaten us with the year 1905 (i.e. the revolution of 1905). They should be administratively warned for a couple of times, then the Citizenship law should be amended, they should be deprived of citizenship (parliamentary mandates get annulled automatically) and expelled to the country of ethnic origin, in a way that the English and Italians expelled Muslim extremists, whose crimes are qualified as hate speech.


No mass repatriations are going to take place in Latvia, since it is not allowed by international law. However, international law allows to deprive socially dangerous persons of citizenship and expel hostile aliens and alien criminals.


In all countries, citizenship legislation is carried out in administrative, not judicial way. However, according to Latvian legislation one can be withheld citizenship if he or she has in anti-constitutional methods acted against Latvia’s independence, its democratic, parliamentary system or existing state power, if this is stated by judicial decision.


This rule is completely stupid. In any democratic country, irrespective of methods in which a non-citizen acts against the state, he or she shall get deprived of citizenship even without a judicial decision.


This foolish rule should be crossed out from the Citizenship law, for in other countries a statement from the police is enough to deny citizenship, and persons who have expressed ideas of Fascism, National Socialism, Communism or other totalitarian ideas, or called for national or race hate, will not get naturalized in any country – and no judicial decision is needed for that.

Taking into consideration the demographic situation in Latvia, our citizenship legislation is really one of the most tolerant legislations in Europe, more tolerant than the Citizenship law of 2002 in Russia. And Russia has no reasons to lay any claims to Latvia regarding citizenship questions.


There exists no common right to a certain state’s citizenship. There is only a person’s, primarily a child’s, right to any citizenship in general. Therefore it is a country’s special charity, not a duty, to award citizenship, and it should be taken with gratitude.


The criteria of loyalty is applied in all countries. Good behaviour is one of naturalization criterias in Scandinavian countries, Switzerland and USA, for who needs citizen thieves, molesters, drug addicts and alcoholics? Why are these tested before issuing them a driver’s license or an arms license, but those who are going to get naturalized are not? Why don’t we investigate how many times a naturalized person has been caught driving in a state of intoxication, even though he or she is a potential murderer?


Naturalization in Latvia must be strictly selective, for the Latvian nation has become Europe’s most ethnically endangered nation. Anyone who does not feel enough ethnic comfort here has can seek it in their ethnic homeland. But where shall ethnic Latvians seek enthic comfort? Mass naturalization is inspired by our neighbours, and is an attempt to take over the power in Latvia on all levels.


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