17:30 Apr. 19, 2016
Last year the Baltic states demanded Russia pay compensation for decades of repressive Soviet rule
The damage inflicted on Latvia's economy by what the country considers a Soviet occupation from 1940 to 1990 has been estimated at 185 billion euros (USD 209 billion) by a Latvian research committee, Latvian news website DELFI reported on April 18.
Committee spokesperson Ruta Pazdere said that the damage done to the country's demography and its environment during the same period had been estimated in the tens of billions.
Pazdere announced the figures at the launch of a number of new books on the history of the Soviet occupation of the Baltics, the Latvian Leta news agency reported.
Speaking at the launch, Latvian MEP Inese Vaidere stressed the need to work on a joint understanding of history.
"Without research into the past, there is a risk that we will repeat the same mistakes," Inese Vaidere said to DELFI.
The lawmaker also noted "identically criminal" similarities between Nazi and Soviet regimes, according to DELFI. Full story