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Calculation of losses caused by occupation in Latvia cost EUR 35,000 last year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe commission in charge of calculating the number of victims of the totalitarian communist occupation of Latvia, locating mass graves, compiling information about the deported and repressed and calculating the damage that was done to Latvia and its residents had spent EUR 35,527 on research activities last year.

The commission was provided with funding of EUR 35,771.

In its report, the commission notes that this money was used to finances five research projects, two examinations of studies performed in 2015, expansion of the database of people repressed by the occupation regime, translation and editing of documents, update of www.okupacijaszaudejumi.lv, organization of interviews, six work-related meetings in Lithuania and Estonia and presentations of three books released in 2015.

During the development of the work plan for 2016 and future years, members of the commission took into account points mentioned in the 5 November 2015 joint declaration agreed upon by Baltic justice ministers regarding coordination of methodology in calculation of losses caused by the occupation regime.

According to the commission, coordination was performed last year in Estonia and Lithuania. It will continue this year and in the future.

«Already experts have found information in Latvia’s archives regarding the use of one-third of Latvian Soviet Republic’s budget to finance USSR’s armed forces and secure grants to other republics. For example, Gatis Krumins’ study of USSR’s military budget throughout 1946-1990 revealed that total revenue of Soviet Republic of Latvia was 85 billion roubles. 48% of this amount was transferred to the central budget of USSR. Only 24.7 billion roubles returned to Latvia. Most of that money was used for the needs of the soviet military complex here in Latvia,» – the commission notes.

As previously reported the commission’s representative Ruta Pazdere, the total estimated losses caused by the soviet occupation in Latvia reach EUR 185 billion.

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