Latvians Recall Better Soviet Times (Ruslan Ostashko)

Latvians Recall Better Soviet Times (Ruslan Ostashko)


Lavians Recall Better Soviet Times The myth of the” Soviet occupation” began
to show crack at the moment when Euro-integration depopulated Latvia by half. And it’s not even ethnic Russians who are
eager to destroy the myth, but Latvians. A lot of debates among the Latvians on the
Facebook were caused by, Inara Ballade’s post in which she blames the Latvian “patriots”
for brainwashing of population. “It’s disgusting to read this fictional
and strained nonsense of the nationalistic maniacs. I was born in the LSSR in 1960. I have never felt any occupation. My parents weren’t members of any party
(Communist). I got free education in Latvian, was fluent
in Russian and English. I graduated from the Conservatory of Musical
Arts for free. We had a happy childhood, free education,
ecologically clean food. We shouldn’t say that our life in the USSR
was in vain and unfit for the motherland.” In addition, this Latvian woman rejecting
beliefs in the “Soviet occupation,” reminded his compatriots that they, in fact, are stupid
to live in debt. “You are poor as a church mouse. While blaming the “occupation,” you have destroyed
all the manufacturing and production, you created unemployment, driving out the third
of population into voluntary exile. Russian ruble, among other things, was more
stable, and ten kopeks could buy lot of things. You cannot say the same about centimes”. I would like to say that it finally got them. And it is not only about some ordinary woman,
but also about more or less sane Latvian politicians. In February of this year, the former head
of the Communist Party of the LSSR Alfred Rubiks, who not only successfully fit into
the market, but even served as a member of the European Parliament, recalled how much
was done under the so-called “occupation.” “In those days, we built thousands apartments
a year, which people received for free. Yes, people would have to wait for those apartments,
and they were not as chic as modern, but very few can afford these luxury apartments today,
anyway. Those who stole from us were engaged in speculation,
which is now proudly called business. In Soviet times, people were coming to Latvia
to live here and work, and now hundreds of thousands have left the country. At the end of the 80’s Latvia had almost 2.7
million inhabitants, now less than half remains. With this we are approaching centenary of
Latvia.” With what Riga is approaching the centenary
of Latvia the European Commission knows perfectly well. Here is the forecast made three years ago,
it is still relevant now. Adjustments can be safely made in the direction
of deterioration. “LTV.LV: Troubling statistics published
by the Euro Commission shows that by 2060 in Latvia 1/3 of population will be people
of 65 and older. Our country in
at the top as an actively dying EU member. According to the Euro Commission the population
will be reduced by 500,000 people by 2050.” It is worth noting that the Euro Commission document forecasts decrease in population not only in the Baltics, but in half of the EU countries. If Brussels aware of poor Latvian affairs,
why don’t they take action? The answer is obvious: Latvia was originally
intended to be “eaten.” As other “young democracies” like Bulgaria
that are dying out even more rapidly. Therefore, the EU closes its eyes on all these
marches of SS Legionnaires in Riga and other tricks of local nationalistic howling about
the “Soviet occupation.” Let them amuse themselves, because 50 years
from now Latvia will cease to exist.

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