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Tango0130 Nov 2019 9:51 p.m. PST

"Former Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin would be turning over in his grave if he could hear what's now being said about him on the second floor of his former summer residence in the Latvian Baltic seaside resort of Yurmala. The conversation is no friendlier when it comes to his cronies, members of the privileged Communist "master race." They came to Latvia in 1944 to "occupy" the country and ostensibly deported its residents to Siberia or drove them into exile. And it was all done under the pretext of stamping out fascism. Now, after years of silence, Latvians have finally decided to put an end to the deliberate concealment of Soviet crimes.

Or, at least their president, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, has. Other than living in his beach villa, she has practically nothing in common with former Soviet leader Kosygin and his world. Today, dressed as severely as her manner is stern, she holds court in the Soviet prime minister's former living room, flanked by a Burmese cat and a small black ball of fur named Fumi. For Vike-Freiberga, a former psychology professor, the past is a hot-button topic…"
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Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 2:43 p.m. PST

A few years ago, I had the privilege of spending the better part of a week in Latvia. When we landed in Riga, I was told that a worthwhile place to visit was called the Museum of Occupation, or something similar to that. My first thought was that a museum about the history of jobs could not be all that interesting. (I can be slow at times.) When I did go, I learned that the museum was primarily about the occupation by the Soviet Union. And they pulled no punches. It was an amazing experience, especially when remembering that Latvia was considered to be part of the Soviet Union during that period. The Latvians saw it as an occupation. A bit of humor: it was said that the top floor of the tallest building in Riga, which was occupied by the KGB , had the best view in the entire city. From there, you could see all the way to Siberia which was where you were probably going to end up from there. Great experience.

Tango0101 Dec 2019 3:18 p.m. PST



Cuprum201 Dec 2019 8:35 p.m. PST

This joke was circulated throughout the USSR. The building where the KGB is located is the tallest. From its windows you can see Kolyma (one of the coldest places in Siberia))))

HappyHussar03 Dec 2019 9:54 a.m. PST

SMH at being able to see Siberia from Latvia .. oh well some people believe what they want ….

Guys, I have some swampland in Florida to sell you! ROFL

foxbat03 Dec 2019 11:51 a.m. PST

"The building where the KGB is located is the tallest. From its windows you can see Kolyma (one of the coldest places in Siberia)"

May I infer from this that the KGB were… flat'earthers? *grins*

Tango0110 Dec 2019 12:07 p.m. PST



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