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It's the late 1970s. The stagnation and apathy of the Brezhnev era reigns in the Soviet Union, including occupied Latvia. Ethnic and social tensions simmer. An armed gang of young people appears in Latvia, who want to act against the Soviets, inspired by the example of the earlier 'forest brothers' national partisans. 

They blow up railway lines, set fires and intimidate KBG informers. Their most audacious plan of all is to track down and kidnap Augusts Voss, the leader of the Communist Party in the Latvian Soviet Soialist Republic at the time. 

The KGB called them the 'Zilberts gang' and classed them as criminals posing as political activists. But who were they, and what motivated them? Shoud they be thought of as bandits, partisans, guerillas, freedom fighters? Can their methods be justified in the context of history? 

This brand new documentary, Kidnap Voss, from Latvian Television examines this fascinating chapter of history and comes complete with English language subtitles. To turn on subtitles, simply click on the 'subtitri' icpon at the bottom of the media player.

Director: Ugis Kronbergs. 

Writers: Gundars Rēders and Odita Krenberga.

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