The price of power

  • 1998-09-03
  • By Philip Birzulis
The Democratic Party Saimnieks sees itself as a pragmatic force. A lot of other people view them as unprincipled opportunists, as Philip Birzulis reports.Cigar chomping Ziedonis Cevers personifies the Democratic Party Saimnieks. In the late '80s, he was the head of the Latvian Komsomol, the Communist youth organization, and as such was well on track to high office if the Soviet Union had not broken up.However, during the hard-line crackdown of January 1991, he and a small group of armed men stood inside the Supreme Soviet waiting for an attack.Cevers and his party would see this as doing wh...
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