Latvia is loudly silent on Chechnya

  • 1999-11-25
  • By J. Michael Lyons
RIGA – A short television interview with a handful of Latvian men who divulged their plan to join the Chechens in the ongoing war with Russia touched off government criticism and sent a branch of the Latvian secret police knocking on doors last week.The controversy that ensued highlighted Latvia's reluctance to take any bold public steps about the war in Chechnya that might anger Russia or Latvia's large ethnic Russian population. While most countries have issued official statements denouncing Russia's military action, including Baltic neighbors Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has remained co...
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