Latvia-Russia Ties Shaped by Soviet History, Marred by Politics

Russia justified its 2014 annexation of Crimea, and ongoing support for rebels in east Ukraine, by claiming ethnic Russians there were threatened by nationalists and faced discrimination. But while Russian rhetoric, frequent military drills, and the legacy of Soviet aggression raise concerns, there is surprisingly little tension within the Baltics’ Russian minority community. VOA’s Daniel Schearf visited the Latvian capital, Riga, to find out more.

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