VIDEO: KGB, Torture and Soviet Terror: Why Latvia Worries about Today’s Russia

  • 2014-10-23
  • By Rayyan Sabet-Parry and wire reports, RIGA

(photo: YouTube)

A new NATO video looks inside the KGB prison where Latvians were locked up, tortured or killed.

Leading Latvians explain how they were affected by Soviet occupation and whether they see echoes in today's Russian aggression.

Baltic officials have been put on edge amid the crisis in the Ukraine, worried that a similar Crimea style scenario could be repeated in the region.

NATO has agreed to boosting its presence in eastern European as a result. More NATO troops will rotate around the Baltics in an effort to send strong signals to the Kremlin its unwelcome in the region. 

Russia, meanwhile, has denied its troops are actively involved in eastern Ukraine. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for dialog over the crisis and a ceasefire. 

But Russian President Vladimir Putin stoked the flames last week by saying he was concerned over the rise  of 'neo Nazi'. and 'nationalist' elements in the Baltics Latvia responded by saying the President should 'look in the mirror.'

Watch the video below.