The former politician passed away on Sunday, March 15, at the age of 66.
Grīnblats was born on January 5, 1955 in Kuldīga. He graduated from Kuldīga Secondary School No. 1 in 1973 and in the same year entered the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the State University of Latvia, where he graduated in 1982, according to information available in the archives of the news agency LETA.
Grīnblats was elected to the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Saeimas. He was the chairman of the “For Fatherland and Freedom / LNNK” faction in the 8th and 9th Saeima and Minister of Education and Science from 1995 to 1997. He had also worked more recently as a consultant to the National Alliance Saeima faction.
"We have been left by a party member, like-minded person and friend. Māris will remain in our memory as an outstanding team man, an erudite and experienced statesman, whose advice the [National Alliance] will greatly miss," said NA chairman Raivis Dzintars.