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International'nyi front truidlashchikhsila Latviiskoi SSR issuances
2014C13  
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Description
Statements, memoranda, and printed matter relating to the question of Latvian independence from the Soviet Union. Includes some similar materials from other Soviet republics.
Background
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.
Extent
1 manuscript box (0.4 Linear Feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Availability
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.