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Living Latvian history in Siberia

  • 1999-11-11
  • By Philip Birzulis
Thousands of miles from their motherland, Latvians in Siberia cling to their identity, as Philip Birzulis reports.Visited by starvation, mass terror and now the poverty of the new Russia, the people of Nizhnaya Bulanka have endured more than their share of 20th-century suffering. But the tale of this tiny village in the heart of Siberia is also one of extraordinary survival. At first glance its three dusty streets where chickens peck and horse-drawn carts trundle along may not seem like much. But the village has another, Latvian, name, Lejas Bulana, and most of its 200 inhabitants speak the...
 
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