A disaster that did not happen

  • 1999-03-25
  • Paul Goble
A march by veterans of the Latvian Waffen SS Legion held in Riga on March 16 had been widely expected to trigger confrontations between ethnic Latvians and ethnic Russians inside Latvia and lead to a deterioration of relations between Riga and Moscow.But these disasters did not happen. Not only did the march of 300 aging veterans of a German-organized unit that fought Soviet troops in World War II not lead to popular unrest in Latvia, it also demonstrated some remarkable restraint at the official level in both the Latvian and Russian capitals. As a result, the prospects for inter-ethnic rel...
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