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Why Soviet Latvia demanded 150 million rubles from the USSR – Rodina

Date: July 17, 2024 Time: 16:40:13

The State Archives of the Russian Federation published on the Telegram channel “Documentary Past” a request from the people’s deputies of the Latvian SSR to the head of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, Nikolai Ryzhkov. They demanded to consider the issue of compensation for damage to residents of Latvia who suffered mass deportations after its annexation to the USSR.

RIA Novosti

One of the authors of the letter, People’s Deputy Janis Peters, demanded compensation from the state budget of the USSR.

The 1989 document bears the signatures of People’s Deputies of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, Janis Peters and Janis Lucans. They refer to supposedly widely known data that since 1941, by order and instructions of the central authorities of the USSR, 70 thousand citizens were forcibly, illegally and systematically deported from Latvia.

According to Soviet People’s Deputies, Latvian residents were deported “under Stalinist pretexts of class struggle, state security, collectivization, etc.”

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Furthermore, the deputies write that in “our time, when the country is returning to legality and justice, by decision of the competent authorities of the Latvian SSR, the victims of Stalin’s deportations were declared innocent.”

And the same actions of forced displacement of people and deprivation of their property by the same Latvian “competent authorities” were recognized as a crime by the State. The letter mentions one of those bodies: the rehabilitation commission.

“Consequently, by government decisions, formerly repressed persons and their heirs have the right to receive material compensation for illegally and criminally confiscated property,” Peters and Lutzans believed.

As far as we know, according to preliminary estimates, the amount of compensation in Latvia amounts to about 150 million rubles. The government of the republic is in an extremely difficult situation; “At the end of the day, it’s a lot of money.”

“The authorities of Soviet Latvia decided to compensate the assets of the deportees, without coordinating the decision with Moscow,” the State Archives of the Russian Federation note. “At the same time, in Riga they did not think about sources of compensation. the damages… The collective farms formed in the territories from which the deportees were evicted had to compensate for the damages.”

However, the deputies further write, this threatens collective farms with complete ruin, moreover, this is also a “flagrant injustice”: they say that collective farmers themselves are often victims of deportation, and their farms “must pay for the atrocities of state repression”. bodies against their people.”

In this regard, Latvian deputies not only called on Nikolai Ryzhkov, but demanded that compensation for all illegally deported citizens and their heirs be made at the expense of the state budget of the USSR.

To support their demands, the authors of the letter refer to anonymous archival sources that demonstrate that 70,000 citizens were deported precisely by order of the country’s top leaders.

“We are waiting for your response, dear comrade president, so that we can give wide publicity to the positive decision of the government that you lead in Latvia,” summarize the authors of the letter.

“We are sure that you deeply understand not only the material, but also the political, as well as ethical and legal aspects of the issue we have raised.”

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