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 to 1991 movement for national independence in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia not only had to contend with resistance
from Moscow but also 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 authorities.
1 manuscript box
(0.4 Linear Feet)
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