Latvian independence activist Jānis Škapars dies aged 95

On Wednesday, November 15, Jānis Škapars, a prominent Latvian political and social figure on the way to independence, has died aged 95.

Škapars was one of the members of the Supreme Council who voted for Latvian independence on May 4, 1990. Before that, in 1988, he led the working group that formed the Popular Front of Latvia – the political force that ultimately led to the independence of Latvia from the Soviet regime.

"These two events – November 18 and May 4 – are like big bright stars which light up Latvia's centenary. I am glad I had the opportunity, at the age of 60, to work with a holy thing, Latvian independence creation," Škapars told Latvian Television five years ago.

"He lived a wonderful, beautiful, rich life," the Popular Front's first chairman Dainis Īvāns told LSM.

Our condolences to Škapars' family, friends, and loved ones.


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