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Diena - Latvia | Friday, May 10, 2013

May 9 symbolises Latvia's division

Around 150,000 Russians celebrated the liberation from National Socialism in Riga on Thursday. For the Latvian population the date is also a source of pain, as their country was annexed by the Soviet Union on 9 May 1945. The liberal daily Diena laments that not enough is being done to inform the country's Russian population of the day's weighty legacy: "It would be a good thing if there were someone in Latvia who could explain this sensitive issue to the Russians. Unfortunately the Latvian historians have failed to do this. The Russian community in Latvia is left to itself and influenced by diverse slogans and political organisations. It would be in the interests of all of Latvia's inhabitants to change this situation."

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