A recent visit to Latgale to interview local leaders and figures in that region with a local Latvian friend reveals a mixed picture combining familiar long-standing problems with some new developments over the past few years. But this picture is distinctly less controversial than the foreign media have sometimes conveyed.
Latgale’s particular problems of socio-economic backwardness with higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and mortality than elsewhere in Latvia have been well documented by the UNDP’s human development reports and Latvia’s annual statis...
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