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Topic - Nils Ušakovs
A referendum Saturday on designating Russian as Latvia's second official language has drawn supporters who say it is a protest vote against discrimination against Russian Latvians and detractors who say it is evidence of Moscow's manipulation of the former Soviet republic.
"Hundreds of thousands of Latvia's Russians feel neglected as ruling politicians demonstrated that they wanted an ethnically Latvian government," said Riga Mayor Nil Ushakov, chairman of the opposition party Harmony Center. "Russians do not want Russian as a state language. They just want to demand some respect."