Statements, memoranda and printed matter, relating to the question of Latvian independence from the Soviet Union. Includes
some similar materials from other Soviet republics.
The 1988-1991 movement for national independence in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was resisted not only by Moscow, but it
also had to contend with strong local opposition. Several pro-Soviet organizations emerged in reaction to growing popular
demands for national sovereignty and independence in the Baltic region. In Lithuania such an organization was called Unity
(Yedinstvo), in Estonia it was the Intermovement (Interdvizhenie), and in Latvia the Interfront (International Front of the
Working People of Latvia). Made up mostly from the members of the Russian minority, heavily concentrated in industrial cities
of the Baltic region, this pro-Soviet Latvian political organization was largely driven by communists and retired Soviet officers.
Following the final implosion of the USSR in 1991, the Interfront, along with the Communist Party, were banned by the Latvian
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