Stories about Latvia from February, 2007
Latvia: Alexei Ledyaev
Marginalia writes about a Russophone Latvian “self-described ‘apostle'” who “has suggested replacing Latvia's constitution, the Satversme, with the Ten Commandments, introducing Christian totalitarianism, and ‘humbling all liberals and homosexuals’.”
The Baltic States: Economic Crisis?
Vilhelm Konnander writes on whether an economic crisis is something that awaits the Baltic states in the near future.
Latvia: The Roma Community
Marginalia writes about the Latvian Roma – some of whom are his neighbors: “they’ve been taking advantage of things like free computer courses and small business loans, and they’re thrilled. They are active in one of the NGOs. The sad fact is that despite their abilities (including knowing Latvian better...
Peteris Cedrins, a Latvia-based blogger who took this picture of a house in Daugavpils, writes: One house, two worlds. Many of the older houses in Daugavpils are being transmogrified by cheap plastic windows, poor cores wrapped in the dull facades of a poor and tasteless modernity. Daugavpils is the second-largest...
Latvia, Russia: “Borderlands”
Marginalia continues to muse over the issues inherent in Latvia's border dispute with Russia.