The Keys ep18 15 May 1934, the coup d’état of Latvia.
A contentious historical event – some see it as the beginning of the country’s rebirth, others see it as the herald of its death. A key figure in the coup was Kārlis Ulmanis, the prime minister and later self-proclaimed president. The dictator carried out the coup on the night from 15 to 16 May, putting an end to democracy in Latvia, even
though not so long ago he had helped lay its foundation. However, there was a man who could have steered events on a different course. A man who had made an oath to uphold the Constitution and state laws, however, he did no such thing. On the night of the coup and the subsequent two years he did nothing to resist. He carried out his presidential duties and passed laws issued by Ulmanis’ authoritarian regime until the end of his term in 1936.