Latvia: tensions over removal of Soviet monuments

(ANSA) – VILNIUS, AUGUST 19 – The removal of Soviet monuments in the urban space of Daugpils, a Latvian city with a Russian majority, is at the center of a controversy between municipal and state authorities. This was announced by the Latvian radio and television broadcaster.

Before the removal, in fact, the municipal authorities requested an inspection by the Committee for the protection of the national historical heritage with the aim of establishing whether the monuments have no historical value and should therefore not be placed under protection. Municipal authorities also argued that it was illegitimate to legally impose 50% of the removal costs on municipalities. In addition to legal and historical issues, the fear that the removal could cause disturbances with the Russian population in the territory weighs heavily on the position taken by local authorities. A law passed by the Latvian Parliament (Saeima) in June provides that all monuments glorifying the country’s Nazi and Communist occupations must be removed by 15 November. (HANDLE).

Source: Ansa

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