Saturday, May 09, 2009

V.E. Day in Riga

There weren't many Latvians out commemorating the end of the Second World War and their liberation by the Soviet Union yesterday, but thousands of ethnic-Russians (and a few hundred riot police) congregated at the Victory Monument in Pardaugava. What started as an austere event - covering the steps in flowers and remembering the dead in silence - became a drunken knees-up after dark, the fireworks and shouts of Rush-ee-ya, Rush-ee-ya feeling more like a show of strength than a mark of respect.

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