March 1, 1988 |
The Soviet Union lodged a formal diplomatic protest on Monday with the U.S. Embassy, accusing the government-run Voice of America radio network of inciting public unrest in broadcasts to the Soviet Baltic republics of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
March 27, 1988 |
Fifteen people were detained during a rally in the Soviet Baltic republic of Latvia commemorating the deportations of Latvians to Siberia by Josef Stalin during World War II, a participant said on Saturday. Ronalds Gaubis told reporters by telephone that 3,000 people took part in the rally in the Latvian capital of Riga on Friday night and that he and 14 other people were detained.
November 30, 1988 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, condemning the repression and authoritarianism of past Kremlin leaders, projected a vision of "a new, democratic Soviet Union" on Tuesday as he outlined major changes in the country's political system. Gorbachev, introducing far-reaching constitutional changes, told a special session of the Supreme Soviet, the national Parliament, that the nation is in a "decisively crucial" period in which its current reform efforts either will succeed or fail.
November 19, 1987 |
Several hundred militiamen Wednesday blocked a Latvian protest of Soviet rule, while hundreds of other protesters kept silent vigil in the rain-drenched streets of this Baltic city late into the evening. After dusk, several Latvian youth groups attempted to break a tight Soviet police barricade around the Freedom Monument in the center of Riga, according to reports circulating here, leading to some clashes and arrests.
June 18, 1987 |
In a public display of national sentiment remarkable for the Soviet Union, more than 1,000 Latvians marched quietly, without police interference, through the heart of Riga last Sunday to commemorate victims of Stalinist repression, according to Soviet and emigre sources.
February 18, 1987 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told local citizens in the Baltic republic of Latvia on Tuesday that the next two or three years will be the hardest in his drive to revitalize the economy. Gorbachev was speaking to people in the streets of Riga, the Latvian capital, on the first day of a three-day visit to the politically sensitive republic, a report of which was shown on television.