The Keys ep27 The end of the Khrushchev Thaw
The end of the Khrushchev Thaw in the summer of 1959.
Repression of Latvian national communists – the key to an even harsher assimilation of Latvians.
Only a couple months after Stalin’s death, in the spring of 1953, the Soviet government, coaxed by Beria, adopted surprisingly liberal decrees, allowing to appoint native representatives to republican offices and use local languages instead of Russian for record-keeping.
But the dreams of Latvian progressive communists were crushed in June 1959, when the leader of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev, visited Riga. The attempt of national communists to strengthen their influence in Latvia was repressed.
Perhaps that is the reason why we are lagging behind the other Baltic states in our development still today?