In Search of a Better Future, Latvians Choosing Russian Citizenship
"Are you feeling the effects of age, but still far from retirement? Are you tired of waiting for help from the government? Is your health deteriorating? Are you out of a job, with no money to pay the bills each month? Is your retirement age increasing, but the size your pension decreasing?" What is the solution to these problems? Russian citizenship, according to the ad: "We know the solution! Latvians have an excellent opportunity to become Russian citizens."
Among the chief benefits luring Latvians toward Russian citizenship is Russia's retirement age. While in Latvia, the retirement age is presently 62 years for both men and women, and set to increase to 65 years over the next ten years, in Russia, the minimum age is 55 for women, and 60 for men. Latvia and Russia also have an agreement on employment history in one country counting toward a pension in the other, which only increases the appeal of swapping citizenship.