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Latvia: The ABC of “Traditional” Values Activism

The Soviet-era monument to the Latvian riflemen is situated in Riga’s Old Town. Units of the Latvian riflemen served as shock troops for Vladimir Lenin’s Bolsheviks in the years following their seizure of power in 1917. Are “traditional” values activists in Latvia helping Russian leader Vladimir Putin these days in promoting Kremlin policies that oppose the spread of Western social and economic policies? (Photo: EurasiaNet)

A version of this article originally appeared on Re:Baltica

Part 2 of a 2-part series (See part 1 here)

Not long after dawn on an early autumn day last year, a group of about 40 people – most of them children accompanied by their fathers – assembled near the central train station in the Latvian capital Riga. They proceeded to board a bus and head for a compound located in a pine forest about 10 kilometers away.

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Inga Spriņģe is an investigative journalist based in Riga. A version of this article originally appeared on Re:Baltica (www.rebaltica.lv/en)

Latvia: The ABC of “Traditional” Values Activism

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