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Latvian minister to be fired for endorsing SS vets

(JTA) — Latvia’s prime minister said she would fire a Cabinet minister planning to march with local SS veterans. Einars Cilinskis, Latvia’s minister for environment and regional development, said he would attend Sunday’s rally in Riga, Reuters reported Friday. “Taking into account that the minister has said today he would join the march and would […]

Report: Estimated Jewish Population in the former Soviet Union (FSU)

Researcher Allan Miller has compiled numbers from reports and news articles over the past several years to determine the estimated current Jewish population throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU).  The breakdown within each country may not equal the total for the country because populations for some cities are missing.   Estimated Present […]

Latvia Bans Public Display of Soviet and Nazi Symbols

The Associated Press reports that Latvia’s Parliament has banned the public display of Soviet and Nazi symbols, as well as any promotion of fascist or communist ideologies. This includes visual displays of swastikas and the hammer and sickle and the singing of Soviet or Nazi anthems. It is expected to be signed into law  by […]

Legionnaires Day in Latvia Draws Protesters

On Saturday, March 16th, over 1000 Latvians honored Nazi-allied World War II soldiers. Violence almost erupted between the Latvian participants and the ethnic Russians, who are a minority in the country. The police used force, dragging some participants away and detaining four, to prevent any tumult. Read the AP article here. March 16th is considered […]

Trade Despite Sanctions?

EU Meeting Today to Discuss Sanctions Against Belarus EU ministers are meeting today in Brussels to determine whether sanctions against Belarus should be expanded. Latvia is an important part of this, as they import a great deal of Belarusian oil products and have a history of blocking the adoption of EU sanctions against Belarus. The Netherlands is […]

Latvian Minister Resigns in Protest of Holocaust Restitution Plan

June 21, 2012 BRUSSELS (JTA) — Latvian Justice Minister Gaidis Berzins has resigned in protest of plans to offer restitution for Jewish property seized after the Holocaust. Berzins, chair of the rightist All For Latvia-For Fatherland and Freedom Party, announced his resignation on Wednesday, the country’s news agency Leta reported. In 2006, the Latvian parliament […]