JRL NEWSWATCH: “No Russian and no Russians: Ukraine invasion has supercharged Latvian nationalism” – Vancouver Sun

Map of Baltics and Environs, Including Kaliningrad

“Back to the U.S.S.R.: Paule Robitaille writes that Soviet Union symbols used to be tolerated, now they’re reminders of Putin’s aggression.”

“… [A]lmost everyone in Latvia feels … hyperaware of the fragility of their way of life. In Riga, the war feels very close and immediate. The Russian and Belarusian borders are only a few hours away by car. Despite … a battalion of Canadian NATO soldiers …; despite Latvia’s [EU] membership …; Latvians know how easily Russia could swallow up their tiny country and extinguish their political freedoms. [Latvia] is providing all it can in terms of arms and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. … [E]motions running high, Latvian nationalism has become super-charged. Ethnic Latvians’ political discourse shows an unequivocal lack of patience for [a] Russian-speaking minority … reluctant to integrate after 30 years of independence. … A poll … indicated … [last summer] 25 per cent of Russian-speakers opposed the war, 25 per cent supported it and 50 per cent were undecided. … But younger generations from the Russian-speaking community are now fluent in Latvian. … [and] are much more attracted by Berlin and Paris than Moscow. …”

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