The Keys ep13 The russification of Latvia
The russification of Latvia – the population composition undergoes violent and unimaginable social and national changes during the 1950s after World War II.
During the 1950s, Latvia’s population increased by a third, however, the ratio of indigenous inhabitants decreased by a third. During the decline of the Soviet era Latvians made up only half of the country’s populace.
The driving force behind these violent changes were large scale militarisation and industrialisation. Hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers and a swelling population of factory workers coming from all across the USSR all needed accommodations. The once-elegant apartments in Riga’s centre turned into dingy communal dens, where up to 10 families would be crammed together in a single apartment. The forests and meadows in Riga’s outskirts were replaced with drab residential complexes. New towns and villages were created in empty spots. What should we do with all this nowadays?