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Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Thursday, October 24, 2013

Latvians no longer need fear Russians

The Latvians want to tear down the Victory Memorial to the Soviet Army in front of which the country's Russian inhabitants commemorate the liberation from National Socialism each year. A corresponding popular initiative last week attained the required number of endorsements for the question to be put to parliament. The national conservative daily Neatkarīgā sees the initiative as nonsense: "Latvia hasn't been occupied for more than 20 years; today we have other priorities. The Soviet regime is no longer a danger, the main threat now is our own mistakes and the inability to govern the country. The people are leaving Latvia en masse in protest, and looking for work in the UK. We're losing hundreds of thousands of workers, and this void won't be filled in the future just by Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians, but also by Turks and Chinese. If there is a real threat to the existence of the Latvians, it's no longer the occupying regime or the fear of Russification, but something else altogether."

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