The Museum of theOccupation of Latvia is housed in a building first built as theLatvian Red Riflemen's Museum. The Latvian Riflemen's battalions andregiments were national fighting units within the Czarist Russianarmy. They were formed in 1915 and sent to fight against the invadingGerman army threatening Riga. In late 1917, after the Germansoccupied Riga, they sided with Lenin's revolution because Lenin hadpromised national liberation from the "prison of nations"as he called Czarist Russia. Many of the fighters who survived andremained in Soviet Russia after...
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