RIGA - Every summer hundreds of Latvian ŽmigrŽs who have settled abroad return to their homeland for a visit. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 has made such visits easier.For 80-year-old Latvian-Canadian Eduards Podins, the collapse of the Soviet Union set off a chain of events that made his return last week to Valmiera, the town of his birth, mandatory.For the past 39 years Podins has been living a quiet existence, running a retirement home at Deer Lake, a small town on the west coast of Canada, before retiring himself a few years ago. His twilight years have been interrupted by th...
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