Four hours from Riga

  • 1999-04-01
  • Katya Cengel
Once one of the Soviet Union's largest industrial towns, Rezekne has suffered mightily from the U.S.S.R.'s demise and the recent Russian crisis. Katya Cengel reports on how this isolated Latvian city is surviving.Rezekne has always been a little different. At the crossroads of rail routes between Riga, Moscow, Warsaw and St. Petersburg, the fate of the town is tied to external rather than internal events. In 1944, 80 percent of the town was destroyed in the war, leaving only one original street. The country with the largest influence on the city is Russia, of which Rezekne was a part until ...
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