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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204792404577227310772282498.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

This has been a contentious issue in the Baltic states since 1991- the status and civil rights of large Russian minorities in Latvia and Estonia, and of the Polish minority in Lithuania. These countries have gone further than many in terms of repudiating Communism, along with Poland they've legislated to ban Communist and Nazi symbols for instance. But there's also a question of how far will they go, with regards to relations with their minorities.

It's true that a substantial number of ethnic Russians in Latvia and Estonia came during the years of Soviet occupation. Some Estonian radicals use this, for instance, to deny the legitimacy of the current Estonian state and justify continuation of a rival government in Nomme.

It would be much better if people were able to separate justifiable anti-Communist and anti-Soviet sentiments, from other things, wouldn't it?

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Bring back the Swedish Empire!

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First, you would need to persuade the Swedes.

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I can see it now the The United Latvian Duchies...Grand Duke Carl. I don't think the Swedes would have to consent, just the Latvians and King Carl.

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Well, in Latvia the "revolutionary" (in the sense that it re-ordered the party system) elections last year saw the left-leaning pro-Russian Harmony Centre win a plurality, but the coalition is made up of rightist parties including the National Alliance, which is a nationalist party who are among the main opponents of making Russian an official language.

The main issue is that a great part of the ethnic Russian population in the Baltic region settled during the Soviet occupation, which was of course thoroughly illegal and bitterly resented. Hence it's hardly surprising they have been profoundly reactionary, in terms of rejecting the Soviet legacy, legislating against Communist symbols, etc. Though apparently the Russian community in Estonia is politically split between "red" and "white" groups. Lithuania has similar issues with its Polish minority, over things like spelling of names!
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And Latvians vote to reject making Russian an official language: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204909104577232683311340416.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Russia is none too pleased...

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