The most revered landmark in the center of the Latvian capital owes its survival through the 50-year Soviet occupation to a Russian sculptor – an irony in a country where tensions between Russians and Latvians often run high.Having sustained seven bullets to the statue and minor damage to the base during World War II, the 42-metre Freedom Monument, unveiled in 1935 during the short-lived independent Latvia, escaped the chopping block when the Soviets regained control of the country after the war. One legend credits the survival of the landmark of the Latvian nat...
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