Day of deportations remembered
On June 14 Latvia commemorates the thousands of citizens deported to Siberia by the Soviet authorities 78 years ago - many of whom never came back.
Happy birthday, Isaiah Berlin!
Today marks 110 years since the birth of Isaiah Berlin, a Latvian-born British philosopher and historian of ideas who is regarded as one of the foremost minds of the 20th century.
Shooting the Bolsheviks: White terror after freeing Rīga
After the joint forces of Baltic Germans, Latvians and the Russian White Army freed Rīga from the communist rule on May 22, 1919, many Bolshevik supporters were shot. It is not clear how many exactly, and different sources give different estimates, starting from the 1924 estimate of 174 by the head of Rīga's Gendarmerie to 4,000–5,000 people as attested to by the social democrats and communists. Mass executions in Rīga only stopped in June 1919 after Allied intervention. 
100 years since Rīga was freed from communist rule
A hundred years ago on May 22 the joint forces of Baltic Germans, Latvians and the Russian White Army freed Rīga from the communist rule under which the Latvian capital had spent four and a half months. It was one of the most successful military operations of the time, resulting in the collapse of Soviet Latvia and halting the spread of communism in the country for twenty years. Most Red Army soldiers deserted during retreat, whereas most of the communist party members hid their tracks. The Soviet commissaries of Pēteris Stučka's government hastily got on a train to Rēzekne to retreat to Russia.
The Forest Brothers: From individual struggle to organized anti-Soviet resistance
Altogether, more than 20,000 Latvian residents chose to partake in the national resistance against the Soviet occupation. They were supported by thousands of people who weren't up to taking to arms themselves. One of the chief reasons for a resistance of this scale was the brutal and ill-considered occupation policy on the part of the USSR. Anti-Soviet sentiment merged with belief in patriotic ideals, thereby creating the national resistance movement.
The republic on the sea: The 1919 coup that exiled the Latvian government to a steamboat
On April 16, 1919 a putsch took place in Liepāja, western Latvia, against Kārlis Ulmanis' Provisional Government. Two of the government ministers were arrested, while the rest fled aboard the Saratov steamboat stationed at the port. For two-and-a-half months, the Republic of Latvia would be governed from the ship in an era sometimes referred to as the "The Republic on the Sea". The territory of the fledgling Latvian state had shrunk to the ship and a couple of parishes that the Estonian army had freed at northern Vidzeme, the other end of the country. 
The roots of the Latvian anti-Soviet resistance in 1940
The Red Forest series appearing on LTV is chronicling battle-hardened men fighting to overthrow the Soviets after the Second World War, but it is not well-known that the Latvian resistance started as early as summer 1940. Tiny armed groups, chiefly of young men, wanted to achieve a free Latvia with armed resistance, but their lack of experience and idealism made them end up badly. 
How American food aid helped the Latvian struggle for independence
On April 9, 1919 at midday the first US ship carrying foodstuffs arrived in the western Latvian port of Liepāja. The Lake Wimico ship carried 1,200 tons of flour from the American Relief Organization, providing immense help for the fledgling Provisional Government. 
How Estonia fought for Latvian independence
On March 31, 1919 the North Latvia Brigade was set up in Tartu. Under colonel Jorģis Zemitāns (the HQ chief was the legendary lieutenant colonel Voldemārs Ozols), the brigade was provisionally controlled by the Estonian Army and played a great role in freeing the Vidzeme cultural region, back then under the control of the Red Army, for the forces of nascent Latvia. 
Welles Declaration: Personal tragedy led to 50 years of protecting Baltic statehood
The 1940 Welles Declaration started a five-decade non-recognition of the Soviets' Baltic invasion. Unwavering support by the United States did great things to ensure continued support for Baltic statehood, and it is widely held that, if not for the declaration, the Baltics would have had a harder time re-establishing themselves as internationally recognized countries in 1990-1.
Fighting for Latvia after WWII: The life and times of diplomat Kārlis Zariņš
After Latvia fell to the Soviets, diplomat Kārlis Reinholds Zariņš (1879–1963) was, for a time, all but the only embodiment of the idea that there was still a Latvian state, legally speaking. As head of the diplomatic and consular service of Latvia, Zariņš protected the interests of the Latvian exiles but was also criticized by the opponents of Kārlis Ulmanis' authoritarian regime. 
Who were the "dipīši"? The beginning of a long Latvian post-WWII exile
As the Second World War ended, more than 12 million Europeans found themselves forced outside their native country. Between these 12 million, 120,000 were Latvians fleeing Soviet occupation. They ended up in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Sweden. Termed displaced persons (DPs, or, in Latvian, dipīši), these people faced an uncertain fate between starting a new life in the West or being forced to return to occupied Latvia.
The heroism, banditry and naivete of the Forest Brothers
The end of the Second World War marked the beginning of a new war in Latvia. Resistance would last for years. Were the so-called Forest Brothers – Latvia's anti-Soviet partisans – heroes, bandits, or fools? Their fight was hopeless but perhaps not pointless, according to LTV's Atslēgas show (this episode aired last year).
Object Number 100: Latvian railways' atomic shelter comes in from the cold
Not far from Rīga's busy Central Railway Station is a bunker. Built during the Soviet occupation years, it was known by a suitably anonymous and sinister name: Object Number 100. Its purpose was simple: to protect select railway workers from chemical warfare and atomic bombs. To that end the bunker was equipped with an air purification system, its own power supply and heating equipment.
Latvia marks day of Barricades
In January 1991 people flowed into the capitals of the Baltic states and erected makeshift barricades around strategic locations like the parliament and the national radio to protect them against Soviet troops that wanted to crush the Baltic nations' independence drive. 
Baltic Way – a peaceful call for independence on day of infamy
2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way – the day in 1989 when Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians joined hands, forming a live human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius via Rīga to protest the Soviet occupation of their countries, which resulted from the signing of the notorious Molotov-Ribbentrop pact on August 23, 1939. They called for the renewed independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – a goal that was achieved within two years.
People in Latvian KGB files want to clear their names
Since the first batch of Latvia's KGB documents were published on the Internet, a number of individuals have turned to courts, wishing to prove that they did not collaborate with the KGB, the Court Administration of Latvia representative Inara Makarova told the LETA newswire December 27.
A couple of problems with the KGB files
In 1991 Latvia closed the KGB Soviet secret service and took over what was left of its archives. These are now to be published before Christmas, but that this step will lead to full justice and clarity is unlikely. 
KGB files to be published within next three weeks
The files held by the KGB in Latvia, known colloquially as the  "Cheka bags", will be published online before Christmas, the director of the Latvian National Archives, Māra Sprūdža, told Latvian Radio December 3.