Citizenship seekers come out of hiding: Demise of 'windows system' sparks increase

  • 1998-11-26
  • Anastasia Styopina
RIGA - Olga Polushkina was not born in Latvia, but she has spent most of her life here and speaks the language impeccably - well enough, in fact, to teach students in it.But until now, the 57-year-old principal of Riga Public School 29 was prohibited from seeking Latvian citizenship because she is too old; the naturalization department was only accepting applications from those between 15 and 30.Now, with the notorious windows system a thing of the past, Russian-speakers like Polushkina are finally lining up in droves to apply for Latvian citizenship."I have long waited for this opportunity...
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