Riga: City of harmony

­Nil Ushakov – Mayor of Riga

Since the USSR collapsed and Latvia obtained independence, it has been much divided along ethnic lines. Russians are almost 30 percent of the population there, yet they often have to fight for their rights.
Three years ago, a landmark election happened in Riga, the Latvian capital. It brought the first Russian to the mayor position. So, did it help to ease the ethnic tensions? What has been changed during the three years of the Russian mayor in power? We’re asking the man himself – Mr. Nil Ushakov.