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Divided by law

Posted: April 14, 2014 at 19:00   /   Latvia

Last month, Latvia introduced criminal charges against the denial of Soviet and Nazi occupation from 1940 to 1991. However, Russia, the successor state of the USSR, doesn’t recognise the invasion of Latvia by the Soviets. The situation is getting tough now, as the Latvian parliament place the Soviet presence on equal footing with the Nazi […]

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Russian speakers protest in Riga for preservation of their language

Posted: April 13, 2014 at 17:20   /   Latvia

About 150 Russian speakers protested on Thursday in Riga for the preservation of Russian language schools. The protesters gathered in front of the Cabinet of Ministers on Brivibas Bulvaris (Freedom street) and marched to the Ministry of Education. By Steven Musch RIGA – Some protesters are holding placards stating “Hands off Russian schools”, “Russia do […]

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The black barbie dressed up as a Swedish maiden is one of the figure emerging from the box. Credit: Mārtiņš Otto, Rīga 2014.

Riga 2014: “Monument Wars” symbol of Latvia’s identity

Posted: April 9, 2014 at 09:00   /   Latvia

Latvia’s biggest city is one of the two European Capitals of Culture 2014. Although Riga is little accustomed to the spotlight, it has a lot to tell. Through the new exhibition “Monument Wars”, the city draws attention to its complex past – still alive in the Riga of today. By Camille Petit RIGA – From this […]

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“I am a European”

Posted: April 5, 2014 at 16:29   /   Latvia

He is German, but sings for Latvia. He speaks fluent Latvian, Dutch, Danish and a variety of other languages. Jöran Steinhauer (27) says  about himself that he is first and foremost European. With his band Aarzemnieki, Jöran represents Latvia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.  By Sophia Schirmer RIGA – A small room in an […]

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