Aug 27, 2022
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Ordinary fascism

The appeal of the President of Latvia returns to the times of the Third Reich

Latvian President Egils Levits in an interview Latvian radio said that he intends to deal with the inhabitants of the republic, who oppose the political course of the country: “We see a part of the Russian community that is not loyal to our state. Our task is to cope with them, that is, to isolate them.” And for greater persuasiveness he repeated: “They need to be isolated”.

Earlier, Levits supported the proposal of the National Association party, which requires the annulment of residence permits for Russian citizens living in Latvia and the cancellation of visas issued to Russian citizens. “Is it justified politically and morally that Russian tourists are peacefully resting in Europe?” Levits asked a rhetorical question.

The “offers” of the President of Latvia caused a real explosion in social networks. He is called a “fascist”, “nationalist”, “criminal”. Although Levits has always been supporters of extreme views, but now he has simply reached the edge. It, contrary to the well-known proverb, can be called an apple that has fallen far from the apple tree. The president’s father, engineer Iona Levis, actively collaborated with the Soviet government. He was an authorized representative of the transitional government, which carried out the transformation of Latvia into a Soviet republic. Jonah Levits was involved in the implementation of the law “On the Nationalization of Banks and Large Enterprises”. After the start of the Great Patriotic War, he was evacuated deep into the country and worked as a designer at one of the Soviet military factories. Relatives of Iona Levits died during the Holocaust.

Journalist Lapo Lats wrote about this and many other things in his book with the eloquent title “The Pretender”, dedicated to the President of Latvia, revealing many hitherto veiled fragments of his biography. “When such a person gets into the presidency, it is absolutely reasonable to ask the question – what is the truth that he so carefully hides under layers of lies? Lutz asks. How can it affect the country and all of us? It is one thing to change a white shirt four times a day, as the protagonist of this book could indeed do. But a completely different question is whether he does the same with his conscience?

A couple more strokes to the personality of Levits. He lived in Germany for a long time, returned to Latvia in 1992 and made a successful political career, holding high government posts. Levits was an ardent supporter of the complete elimination of Russian-language education in Latvia. In 2017, on the eve of his election to the presidency, he stated: “The recent law on the transition of all schools to teaching in the Latvian language this is the most significant step designed to strengthen the cohesion of the Latvian people.” And promised: “If I am elected, history and the information space will be among my primary concerns. We need to protect him much more seriously from Russian disinformation.”.

Levits’ statement looks like one of the links in the chain of events that have taken place in this republic and other Baltic countries. Recently, the Saeima of Latvia declared Russia a country “sponsor of terrorism”. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, Edgar Rinkevich, proposed deporting those Latvian residents who have Russian citizenship.

The government has taken a firm course in the eradication of the Russian-speaking population. Just like in Nazi Germany with regard to the Jews, but with an important difference. Frenzied fascists created outrages there, but in Latvia, an ethnic Jew, a representative of the nation most affected by Nazism, proposed to start purges on an ethnic basis.

Well, Levits and company have a lot of work to do. According to the Latvian portal bb.Lvwhich refers to the data of the commission of the country’s parliament on foreign affairs, the population of Latvia is more than 1 million 875 thousand people. Of these, over 454 thousand are Russians (302 thousand citizens of Latvia, the rest are non-citizens).

The air of many cities of the country is filled with Russian speech. More than 243,000 Russians live in Riga, which is more than a third. There are cities where Russians and Latvians are equally divided. There are more Russians in Daugavpils 50 thousand of the total number of citizens (79 thousand). The situation is the same in Liepaja: out of 67 thousand 49 thousand Russians. And in Reznekne – 15 thousand out of 26.

How are they going to isolate Russians in Latvia? You can build ghettos, concentration camps surrounded by barbed wire. However, there is no need to invent anything new, it is enough to turn to the rich Nazi experience, which is welcomed in Latvia.

Other question: how the Latvian authorities will reveal the most objectionable? And it’s simple: they include people who publicly celebrate Soviet holidays, especially Victory Day, those who honor the memory of fallen soldiers. They recently protested against the destruction of the memorial to the soldiers liberators of Riga, which stood for almost 40 years. These people have been arrested and are in jail.

Many Russians in Latvia, despite the ardent pro-Ukrainian propaganda, support a special military operation conducted by the Russian Armed Forces. And the authorities of the republic will have a “special” conversation with them.

The leaders of Latvia do not care that the Russians have made a huge contribution to the development of the country, they have given their strength and abilities for its benefit. Latvia is their homeland, they are her sons and daughters, but lately she treats them like despicable outsiders. Especially to the so-called non-citizens, of whom there are more than 120 thousand in the country.

This word clearly smacks of Nazism. For non-citizens, or stateless citizens, a gray passport that Latvians look at with contempt. Non-citizens do not have voting rights (what if they vote “wrong?”), they are closed to the army, the police, they are forbidden to work as pharmacists, lawyers and notaries. They have less pension than the citizens of the country. If citizens of Latvia can travel or go to work without restrictions, then non-citizens in European countries are allowed to stay 90 days within six months.

Summary: no other country in the European Union behaves the way Latvia does towards national minorities. Some Latvian politicians compare this practice to apartheid. This creates antagonism and tension in society, undermines civil peace and threatens to create hot spots in the country.

The only defender of the Russian population is the Russian Union of Latvia party, but its position is extremely unstable. RSL members believe that all rights will be taken away from Russians in Latvia over time, political and social restrictions will intensify, and direct economic repressions will be added. For example, in business, higher education, promotion. This is another “hello” from the Third Reich.

Thus, the Russians are being created absolutely intolerable conditions of existence, being squeezed out of the country. Those who remain will be doomed to all sorts of restrictions and humiliations. It is amazing that the West, shouting about the values ​​of democracy on all corners, is indifferently watching the lawlessness that is happening in Latvia.

A few more “innovations” that are promoted by the authorities of the republic. The official website of the President of Latvia has ceased to support the Russian language. Now the page is only available in Latvian and English. In the office of the head of the republic, this decision was motivated by the fact that the issue of public administration communication in Russian has become “very sensitive” due to the conduct of a special military operation by the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

Recently, the Minister of Justice of Latvia, Janis Bordans, in an interview with the Delfi portal, said that the Latvian authorities are developing a law restricting the use of the Russian language at work and in public places. It can also be excluded from phone and bank messages.

From September 2023, students in grades 1, 4 and 7 will receive education only in Latvian. From 2024, the same scheme will be used in the second, fifth and eighth grades, and then in the third, sixth and ninth grades.

Restrictions on the rights of the Russian-speaking population caused a sharply negative reaction from Russia. In particular, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the appeals of the President of Latvia Levits “are unacceptable and violate all generally accepted moral, ethical and humanitarian norms”.

She also expressed her hope that representatives of international human rights organizations “will finally find the courage and adherence to principles to evaluate such statements of the head of the Latvian state”.

The voices of social networks in our country are seething with indignation. “Russia will come to them, wrote political scientist and journalist Alexander Nosovich in his telegram channel. When the President of Latvia calls to deal with the Latvian Russians, to isolate them from society for supporting Russia, when Lithuania is looking for pretexts to block the Kaliningrad region, and Estonia is an exit from the Gulf of Finland for Russian ships, Russia cannot but come.”

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