A reader on those horrific days during Soviet occupation, when Latvia was under Soviet Union:
“It’s disgusting to read this fictional and strained nonsense of the nationalistic maniacs. I was born in the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1960. I have never felt any occupation. My parents weren’t members of any party (Communist). I got free education in Latvian, was fluent in Russian and English. I graduated from the Conservatory of Musical Arts for free. We had a happy childhood, free education, ecologically clean food. We shouldn’t say that our life in the USSR was in vain and unfit for the motherland.”
Sarcasm apart. Now apparently heartbroken – after seeing the realities of blood sucking capitalistic neo-liberal world, that, its not all butter and honey for all, but only for a selected few – cries out to those who tricked the masses into the euphoria of moving to the heavenly life in ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’. Alas, her screams are little too late to change anything, as the country has lost all what it counted in exchange of the freedom it so dearly wanted.
“You all are poor as a church mouse. While blaming the “occupation,” you have destroyed all the manufacturing and production, you created unemployment, driving out the third of population into voluntary exile. Russian ruble, among other things, was more stable, and ten kopeks could buy you a lot of things. You cannot say the same about centimes”.
It is indeed sad to read something like this. More so, when one knows that they are being cheated on an historical proportion. Millions of lives have been lost in the process, by the name and allure of freedom and democracy in the former communist countries. If you talk to people from western most Slovenia to eastern most Mongolia, you find the same feeling.
Along with the man on the street, realization of a communist turn coat member of EU parliament:
“In those days, we built thousands apartments a year, which people received for free. Yes, people would have to wait for those apartments, and they were not as chic as modern, but very few can afford these luxury apartments today, anyway. Those who stole from us were engaged in speculation, which is now proudly called business. In Soviet times, people were coming to Latvia to live here and work, and now hundreds of thousands have left the country. At the end of the 80’s Latvia had almost 2.7 million inhabitants, now less than half remains. With this we are approaching centenary of Latvia.”
And from the new Union which Latvia was dying to join:
“LTV.LV: Troubling statistics published by the Euro Commission shows that by 2060 in Latvia 1/3 of population will be people of 65 and older. Our country in at the top as an actively dying EU member. According to the Euro Commission the population will be reduced by 500.000 people by 2050.”