An historic church organ in Latvia's eastern Latgale region has been restored to its former glory.
Latvia's top officials released statements and speeches November 18 marking the 99th anniversary of the nation's founding in 1918.
November 18 is the day upon which the Latvian Republic was declared in 1918, and consequently is independence day - the Latvian equivalent of July 4 in the United States.
Speeches and ceremonies are the order of the day November 11 with Latvia holding its day of remembrance (Lāčplēša Diena) for the military and freedom fighters who dies during the struggle for independence.
It's 1917, and it's a dramatic year in Latvian and Russian history. It's a time when revolutions and new ideas are born. Societies wearied by war are looking for ways out. Latvia has to choose between submitting to German occupation, marching with the Bolsheviks, or trying to become independent, writes the historian Jānis Šiliņš.
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).
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.
An initiative to plot and protect Latvia's enviable inventory of large and impressive trees has received an amazing response, the organizers said October 16.
Acclaimed American historian and author Timothy Snyder on October 16 will honour the literary and philosophic legacy of Isaiah Berlin, a native of Riga.
A fascinating glimpse of inter-war Riga has appeared online.
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.
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.
Another set of documents collected by Rus.lsm.lv from the cache of recently declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) archives shows the agency hiring Latvians to establish an underground network within the 'Forest brothers' anti-Soviet resistance movement, and afterwards trying desperately to extricate two agents from 1950s Soviet-occupied Latvia.
On August 30 the house of Latvian writer Jānis Akuraters will be opened following restoration, bringing the flavor of 1930s Latvia back to life.
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.