How mean are the streets of Riga?

  • 1999-08-12
  • By Philip Birzulis
RIGA - Anyone preparing to come to Latvia can rest assured there is no crime wave against foreigners to worsen the usual anxieties of resettling. But some recent incidents show the capital is not a tranquil oasis either and appropriate precautions should be taken.One Riga-based Westerner, who preferred to remain anonymous, has had more than his share of trouble since arriving here a few years ago. Recently three teenagers roughed him up and took his mobile phone and wallet. Another time he managed to fight off a mugger in the stair-well of his apartment building. Once a woman lifted his wal...
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