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MEP: Soviet Union’s activities in occupied countries are not discussed openly

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEven to this day Soviet Union’s activities in occupied countries are not discussed openly and loudly, said member of the European Parliament Inese Vaidere at the presentation of the English translation of the book ‘Damage Caused to the Baltics by the Soviet Union’ in Brussels.

As reported by Vaidere’s office, the event was attended by the book’s authors – admiral, Chairman of Daugavas Vanagi Andrejs Mežmalis, researcher Gunta Piņķe and the editor Aija Abene. Members of the European Parliament and other interested parties were also present for the presentation.

Vaidere said in her speech that the international society has to know the truth about the damages caused by the Soviet Union in occupied countries. She added that Russia, as USSR’s successor, acts as though there were no damages caused to those countries. «Only by acknowledging the lasting negative consequences of the past can we avoid similar events from happening in the future. This is a complex study that focuses on analysing Soviet occupation regime’s negative effect on the national economy, demography, ecology and social sphere in Baltic States, Poland and Georgia,» said the MEP.

Vaidere also mentioned during the book’s presentation that Russia, as the Soviet Union’s successor, still denies the things it has done and continues its aggressive foreign policy to this day, which is demonstrated by the occupation of Ukraine’s territories, regular intervention in Latvia’s and other countries’ internal policy affairs and use of disinformation campaigns.

«Of course, while Russia is ruled by an authoritarian regime, there is no hope for repayment of losses caused by damages from the Soviet occupation, as only a democratic society would be strong enough for it. Here we can draw parallel lines with a situation when you go to a restaurant, eat and drink there, but when presented with the receipt, people leave without paying. This does not mean the receipt does not exist. Even if Russia refuses to cover those damages, it does not mean those damages will stop existing. This was a wonderful opportunity to inform my colleagues of the true events,» said Vaidere.

As explained by her office, experts’ studies and conclusions compiled in this book analyse and reveal the true extent of the damages the Soviet regime had caused to occupied countries. Vaidere’s office claims that materials published in the book reveal information that has been kept secret until now. It is estimated that the extent of damages caused by the Soviet regime to Latvia alone is EUR 185 billion. The book also details new and previously unpublished facts about activities of USSR’s military industrial complex in Baltics in the period between 1939 and 1999.


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  1. Linda says:

    The chances of Russia paying compensation is as great as plaiting fog!

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