Some of the hundreds of Russian citizens who have actually made Latvia the home of leave the Putin program in their homeland are advising President Raimonds Vejonis to put the brakes on changes to the migration law that would see them asked to pay thousands of euros to renew their residency permits, Russian-language channel LTV7 reported Monday.
In order to renew their 5-year Latvian home permits, Russian people (and others from non-EU nations) will have to pay a 5,000 charge per family member.
The new laws were passed by the Latvian parliament recently.
Now a group of Russian citizens affected by the changes have written a letter to President Raimonds Vejonis arguing that they resettled in Latvia because of its flexibilities, now stand to be punished or potentially driven somewhere else if they cannot manage the new charges.
Among the signatories is Natalia Poberezhska, reports LSM’s Russian language service, who said she picked Latvia for its democracy. She has sold an apartment in Russia in order to buy one in Riga, getting a so-called “investor visa” as a result. The brand-new modifications came as a nasty surprise, she stated, particularly as the law is retrospective, impacting all who got house licenses from 2011.
A deputy from the National Alliance, Karlis Kreslins not only supported the modification, however said he might have provided his own family with a brand-new household expense in the process.
“My wife is a Russian resident, she has a short-lived residence authorization,” said Kreslins.
Riga has become a magnet for members of the Russian intelligentsia, and particularly journalists working for independent Russian media such as Meduza and Spektr, both which have made the Kremlin’s disfavor.
Denis Sergeyev is among a group of 10 previous Muscovites, who resided in Latvia and have signed the letter to the president of Latvia to return the change to the Saeima for revision rather than promulgating it into law.
“We really want to think that the law will not be used retroactively, as in all civilized Europe,” said Sergeyev.