From left to right are three Latvian patriots, Voldemars Zelenkovs, Harijs Liepins, and the future Mrs. Marathon Pundit, listening to a speech in Rīgas Doms, the Riga Cathedral, in January, 1991.
|Riga Doms during the Barricade Days, 1991|
Below is the Riga Cathedral, which was built in 1211. That's right, 800 years ago. Mrs. Marathon Pundit took the photo in 2004.
|Riga Doms, 2004|
When Latvia finally won its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Latvians made up a bare majority of the nation--now roughly 60 percent of its population is Latvian. Stalin moved many Russians into the reluctant Latvian SSR, his goal was to make Latvians a minority in their own land. Russians currently consist of about 30 percent of the Baltic state. And that's too many for some Latvians, as this graffiti attests.
|Riga street graffiti, 2004.|
Twenty years ago: Latvia's Barricade Days
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