Tag: Latgale

A Small Number of Russians in Latgale Can Create Big Problems for Riga, Grigoryevs Says

February 23, 2015

Staunton, February 23 – After the events in the Donbass, not all that many Russians or Russian speakers in Latgale would welcome any intervention by Moscow, Aleks Grigoryevs says, but a small fraction of 10 to 20 percent might be prepared to and, “if they were armed,” could create major problems for Latvia because the […]

Window on Eurasia: Putin Said Organizing ‘Separatist International’ Against Europe

November 12, 2014

Staunton, November 12 – Vladimir Putin is organizing a “separatist international” against European countries, thus combining two of his more widely recognized policies: promoting separatism in the former Soviet republics around Russia’s periphery and reaching out to nationalist extremists in Europe. According to the Severodonetsk portal, Russia is now attacking Europe using the old principle […]

Moscow Didn’t Win Latvian Vote But Can Learn Some Lessons from It, Russian Commentator Says

October 9, 2014

Staunton, October 5 – Despite upbeat comments by a number of Russian media outlets yesterday and today that “ours” (having in mind Soglasiye), won the [Latvian parliamentary] elections,” Igor Pavlovsky says, “the facts are that [the members of that party] are not ‘ours’ and they did not win.” According to the Regnum news agency commentator, […]

Does Putin Plan to Test NATO in Latvia?

April 22, 2014

Staunton, April 21 – Latvia may be as prepared as any small country next to a very large one to defend itself against a military invasion. It has a modernized military, albeit one trained for peacekeeping rather than national defense, and it is a member of NATO, on whose Article Five Latvians rely. At least, […]