: Moscow Times: Soviet 'occupation' caused USD 210 bln damage to Latvian economy

17:30 Apr. 19, 2016

Moscow Times: Soviet 'occupation' caused USD 210 bln damage to Latvian economy

Latvians gather at a bonfire marking the 25th anniversary of a Soviet crackdown on pro-independence protesters, at the Parliament building, in Riga, Latvia, Jan. 20, 2016 (AP Photo)

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.

Watch also Baltics issue demand to Moscow to pay for decades of occupation

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.

Read also Russia to review 1991 decision to recognise independence of Baltic states

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 

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