Watch: Timothy Snyder speaks in Riga

October 16 saw American academic Timothy Snyder in Riga to deliver the annual lecture marking Isaiah Berlin Day (the famous British philosopher was born in the Latvian capital).

Giant flag hoisted on windy day

Visitors to the Latvian capital cannot fail to notice a new element of the famous Riga skyline from October 18 with the unfurling of a very large new flag. 

'Forest brothers' in the CIA archives - Under the reins of the KGB

Latvia's national partisans - the Forest brothers - supported western secret service infiltration into what was then the Latvian SSR (as well as continuing active resistance to occupying forces). The available documents from the cache of recently declassified CIA documents testify that all of these operations failed, to the degree that the agency began to suspect Baltic partisan movements were covertly controlled by Soviet secret services.

Search for grave of Latvia's pre-war prime minister called off

The search for the grave site of Karlis Ulmanis, the last prime minister of Latvia before 1940, has been called off as it will be impossible to find, ex-President and Karlis Ulmanis' grand-nephew Guntis Ulmanis said in an interview with Latvijas Avize newspaper.

Rare opportunity to visit St. Meinhard's island by foot

As the Riga Hydroelectric Power Station has lowered water levels, locals and tourists have a rare opportunity to walk rather than take a boat to the Ikšķile church ruins, located on St. Meinhard's island on Daugava River. The church may be called the place where Christianity began in Latvia. 

'Forest brothers' in the CIA archives - Anti-Soviet sentiment across the Baltics

The enormous cache of formerly classified Cold War-era documents released by the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) early this year also describes Latvia's 'forest brothers' - a resistance movement to occupying Soviet power following World War II. This batch of documents, released by Rus.lsm.lv, describes the anti-Soviet sentiment that was pervasive throughout Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Ukraine following the second world war.

Invitation to 'picnic with the district'

The 'Maskavas forštate' district of Riga is one of the Latvian capital's most interesting parts, combining a rich and sometimes tragic history with fascinating architecture and a reputation as a sometime haven for the seamy side of life while gentrification improves/spoils other districts.

'Forest brothers' in the CIA archives - Caught between the CIA and MI6

The enormous cache of formerly classified Cold War-era documents released by the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) early this year also describes Latvia's 'forest brothers' - a resistance movement to occupying Soviet power following World War II. Some of these documents also probe the role both the CIA and the Soviet security agency KGB played within the movement. 

'Forest brothers' in the CIA archives - A letter from the forest

The enormous cache of formerly classified Cold War-era documents released by the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) early this year also describes Latvia's 'forest brothers' - a resistance movement to occupying Soviet power following World War II. Some of these documents also probe the role both the CIA and the Soviet security agency KGB played within the movement. 

'Forest brothers' in the CIA archives - Western aid to the resistance

The enormous cache of formerly classified Cold War-era documents released by the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) early this year also describes Latvia's 'forest brothers' - a resistance movement to occupying Soviet power following World War II. Some of these documents also probe the role both the CIA and the Soviet security agency KGB played within the movement. 

'Forest brothers' in the CIA archives - setting up and organizing the resistance

The enormous cache of formerly classified Cold War-era documents released by the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) early this year also describes Latvia's 'forest brothers' - a resistance movement to occupying Soviet power following World War II. Some of these documents also probe the role both the CIA and the Soviet security agency KGB played within the movement. 

'Forest brothers' explained

A recent NATO film sketching the story of resistance to occupying Soviet power following World War II caused predictable hysteria among Russian official circles. Diplomats and state-controlled news channels wasted no time in re-hashing their crude and conveniently self-congratulatory interpretation of history.

Help with the hunt for Latvia's greatest trees

Trees have a special place in Latvia, not only in the economy but also as cultural monuments: and many of the largest, rarest, most historic and most characterful examples have special protected status as a result.

NATO makes film about 'forest brothers'

The NATO military alliance, of which Latvia is part, has put a new 8-minute film online telling the story of the 'forest brothers' - partisans who continued armed resistance to the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania after the end of the Second World War.

Remains of fifty World War I soldiers excavated

Archaeological excavations have uncovered the remains of fifty World War I soldiers--Latvian soldiers of that time are often referred to as the Latvian Riflemen--at Ložmetējkalns, a historical battle site where thousands of Latvian soldiers fought the German army under Tsarist Russia, reported LTV on July 9.

Latvia marks day of deportations

Ceremonies and services took place across Latvia June 14 remembering the thousands of people deported to Siberia by the Soviet Union.

How Latgale chose to join Latvia

May 9-10 marks the 100th anniversary of the First Latgale Congress. It was then, in 1917, that Latgalians chose to unite with the other Latvian regions. What follows is a Latvian Radio strand highlighting the differences between Latgalians and other Latvian speakers, as well as tracing their role in the formation of the Latvian state.