Soviet crimes in spotlight

  • 1999-10-07
  • By Benjamin Smith
RIGA - A stoic old man sits before the bench, holding his crutch and protesting that he was only following orders, that he had no choice, that it was a long time ago.It's a familiar scene to Westerners from the trickle of Nazi war crimes prosecutions still taking place in North America, Europe and Australia. And in the Baltic states, in small but growing numbers, old men are being sent to die in prison for their actions in service of another regime - the series of deportations people here call "Latvia's genocide."On Sept. 27, the Riga Regional Court sentenced an ailing Mikhails Farbtuhs, 83...
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