Newspaper scandal stings Latvia's Way

  • 1999-01-21
  • Steven C. Johnson
RIGA - A phony interview with NATO Secretary General Javier Solana published in a Russian-language newspaper last week has swelled into a crisis of sorts for Latvia's largest political party, Latvia's Way.The interview, which NATO called "a total fabrication," was printed Jan. 11 in the Respublika newspaper and has Solana questioning Latvia's commitment to democracy. It was written by Mikhail Mamilov, a journalist who moonlights as spokesman for Latvia's Way.Days later, the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, suggested the pseudo-interview could be part of a subtle policy ...
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