The Keys ep3 Soviet repressions against Riga intellectuals in the early 1950s

After the WW2 over 100 000 refugees could not return to their homeland. In the post-war years, KGB, the most powerful repressive organ of the Soviet state, arrested at least 40 000 more. In this war of terror the last treasure they could still take away from people was their mind.
During the totalitarian Soviet regime, organizing or frequenting even seemingly apolitical events could turn out to be fateful. Painter Kurts Fridrihsons and other intellectuals were charged with high treason for organizing French literature nights – and deported to Siberia for reading French writers. Is it possible to triumph over such a harrowing fate and repressions?



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During the totalitarian Soviet regime, Riga intellectuals were charged with high treason for organizing French literature nights.

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