Tag Archives: Latvia

99 Years Ago, Latvia was Born

Today, November 18, 2017, marks the 99th anniversary of the independence of Latvia. I had previously written about this holiday – officially called Republikas proklamēšanas diena (Day of Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia) – here, which explains the history … Continue reading

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Former Latvian President: Baltic States Not Anti-Russian

Here I briefly summarized how the history between the Latvian and Russian states has led to current anti-Russian sentiment in the Baltics. For some, it’s revenge for centuries of oppression; for others, it’s outright discrimination. Now, the former Latvian President has … Continue reading

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Latvia to Build Wall Along Russian Border

As tensions continue to heighten, Latvia has taken the step of beginning construction of a barbed-wire wall along their eastern border. This wall, which has so far cost 2 million euros, is part of the nation’s continuous plan to strengthen … Continue reading

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Latvia in the Ukrainian Crisis

As opposed to weapons and military, some countries are providing humanitarian aid for the Ukrainian government in their civil war against pro-Russian separatists. This includes Latvia. From Ukraine Today: The country’s ambassador was on-hand to deliver supplies to volunteers Latvian … Continue reading

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Dwindling of Russian Identity in Latvia

According to a census in 2015, over a quarter of Latvia’s citizens are ethnic Russian. At 25.8%, they number around 512,400, the second highest ethnic group (with ethnic Latvians being number one at over 1.2 million). There are less Russians today … Continue reading

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The Eastern Border Podcast

I recently came across The Eastern Border podcast, a relatively new podcast by 25-year old Latvian Kristaps Andrejsons. This podcast, which is currently at 7 episodes (plus an introduction) gives a variety of topics on both modern-day Russia and Baltic politics, specifically … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!: A Latvian Tradition

Merry Christmas! Western Christianity – Catholic and Protestant churches – today celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Did you know the first recorded use of a decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia, in 1510? The Brotherhood of Blackheads, … Continue reading

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