Yuri Luzhkov will not be able to officially live in Latvia: his name appears in the list of people undesirable for the Baltic country. Latvia Ministry of Internal Affairs officially confirmed this information.
Recall that last year Luzhkov submitted documents for permission – a residence permit, during the audit of which Linda Murnyts, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, expressed doubts about a positive answer, which was associated with the hostile mood of the former mayor in relation to this foreign. state.
Yuri Luzhkov, in turn, convinces everyone that he does not plan to leave his native country, but made a request for status to ensure freedom of his own movement, nothing more.
In an interview, the head of the Foreign Ministry admitted that the audit period has officially ended in April, but the decision on the ex -mer was made ahead of schedule. This fact is not surprising, because Luzhkov repeatedly showed his hostile attitude publicly, including claiming the introduction of the Russian language as a second state. Latvia considers such behavior as a threat to his country.
According to Latvian laws, a foreigner may provide a residence permit if he has real estate for a certain amount or put on a bank account about 400 thousand dollars, etc. As you know, Mr. Luzhkov fulfilled the requirements specified in the law: he has real estate in Jurmala and the necessary amount in the bank of Rietumu Banka. However, introducing people to the list of objectionable Latvia put a cross on the possibility of obtaining permission. A similar decision from the Latvian authorities was made on the basis of information from state security agencies.
In addition, the Latvian side will take a check of the origin of funds in a bank account, for this Latvia will contact Russian colleagues.
The head of the Foreign Ministry strongly insists that Luzhkov wanted to get a residence permit in order to freely travel to the European community on the Schengen visa. Despite the fact that Luzhkov was always opposed to Latvia, he did not miss the opportunity to take advantage of the geopolitical position of the country for his own purposes. The Latvian side emphasized the political importance of this issue.
In the company of the wife of Luzhkov, Elena Baturina, Inteko, information regarding the refusal did not comment on the refusal.
Earlier in the media, information has leaked that Luzhkov intends to get a British visa. As it became known, in October of last year, the mayor of Moscow arrived at the British embassy in Moscow, stood in line, went through all formalities, handed over documents and fingerprints.
However, the embassy, due to non -disclosure of data, did not confirm and did not refute this information.
Recall that Yuri Luzhkov was removed from office by decree of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev in September 2010, the reason was called “loss of trust”. Immediately after the resignation, the ex-Mer considered it necessary to send two daughters to study in London, which explained by concern for the safety of children in his native country.