Latvia's Achilles heel

  • 1999-10-14
  • By J. Michael Lyons
REZEKNE - If the Friday night rush hour can be used to take a city's economic pulse, then Rezekne, an industrial and farming city 50 kilometers from the Russian border, is barely clinging to life.Shoppers are as infrequent as a new Mercedes Benz and one of the town's few restaurants is empty except for a smartly dressed waiter searching the empty street below for potential customers.Proud residents like to say Latgale provides the first three letters of Latvia. They don't like to talk about the epidemic unemployment and ravaged economy that closes some stores early in the afternoon, leaves ...
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