The statement of the Prime Minister of Latvia krišjānis Karinsh on discrimination against Latvians during the "Soviet occupation" is not supported by the facts, and can be considered only in the context of "propaganda tricks," reads the statement of the foreign Ministry.
Earlier Karins in an interview with Latvian television said that Latvians "well I can understand the discontent of black Americans," because supposedly during the "Soviet occupation" is also discriminated against.
"Such speculation is not supported by the facts, and can be considered only in the context of propaganda tricks, and low quality. It is well known that during the Soviet period, the Central budget allocated significant funds for the development of the Latvian language and culture, Latvians have been widely represented in the government and even was part of the top leadership of the country, and the level of income per capita in the Latvian SSR was one of the highest in the Union", – said in a commentary the Russian foreign Ministry.
The Ministry suggested that the Prime Minister of Latvia, probably, have forgotten or do not want to remember that all inhabitants of Latvia in the period had the status of a full citizen of the USSR.
"Many of them could not even imagine that in one moment will be in a foreign country as "aliens". That’s certainly a direct reason to talk about racism or apartheid in this "modern" European country", – said the Russian foreign Ministry.