Speaking in the debate about granting citizenship, Ilmars Latkovskis of the National Alliance, who heads the Saeima's commission dealing with citizenship issues, said that the commission "saw no reason to prevent the award of citizenship" and that Baryshnikov's fame would help spread the name of Latvia in the world.

But the central question according to Latkovskis was whether Baryshnikov was "one of us" - a question to which he repeatedly answered "Yes" in urging deputies to vote for the award of citizenship.

They duly did so by 84 votes to zero, then broke into a round of applause.

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