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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Conservatives allied to Latvian nationalist party - Their hypocrisy knows no bounds

Juris Dobelis, a rightwing MP in the Riga parliament, is a fervent Latvian nationalist. Every March he makes the pilgrimage to a cemetery 50 miles from the Latvian capital to honour the country's legionnaires, the men, and mostly boys, who donned the uniforms of the Waffen-SS in 1944 to fight and lose against the advancing Red Army in the Baltic.

To David Miliband, the foreign secretary, Dobelis' commemoration is nauseating, tantamount to neo-Nazi glorification of Third Reich accomplices.

But to Dobelis and many Latvians, the legionnaires buried at Lestene are victims and heroes, freedom fighters who fought the Bolsheviks in a forlorn attempt to halt 45 years of Soviet occupation of the three Baltic states. Read More

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