The Museum of the
Occupation of Latvia is housed in a building first built as the
Latvian Red Riflemen's Museum. The Latvian Riflemen's battalions and
regiments were national fighting units within the Czarist Russian
army. They were formed in 1915 and sent to fight against the invading
German army threatening Riga. In late 1917, after the Germans
occupied Riga, they sided with Lenin's revolution because Lenin had
promised national liberation from the "prison of nations"
as he called Czarist Russia. Many of the fighters who survived and
remained in Soviet Russia after...
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