In the past few days once again it was possible to ensure that Russia is a real successor of the Soviet Union — both spiritually and ethics.
As you know, after the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany not all Latvians were ready to throw the guns into the Bush and surrender of the Soviet government. Partisans, or forest brothers began and continued active in the fight against the invaders. The last of the guerrilla group surrendered in October 1956.
NATO has recently produced a short film Forest Brothers — Fight for the Baltics (“Forest brothers — the struggle for the Baltic), which can be viewed on Youtube. The film positively reflects the fact that Latvia had not succumbed to the occupation without a fight.
The number of active fighters in the ranks of the national partisans could reach approximately 20 thousand, and the number of supporters was four times more. According to the historian Henrich strodsa, guerrillas killed 2 thousand 208 Soviet of workers and soldiers, and wounded 1 thousand 35. Among the victims there were almost 600 security officers, about 400 soldiers of the NKVD and about 200 fighters fighter units. Most of the rest of the victims on the side of the invaders were Soviet, Communist, Komsomol activists.
Of course, in the Soviet Union national guerrillas were characterized as criminals. And now Russia has adopted this campaign of denigration, because everyone who fought the Soviet Union, obviously, are also considered enemies of Russia.
The Russian foreign Ministry has called on NATO “to stop attempts of falsification of history”. The Russian foreign Ministry believes that the guerrillas were “aspiring fascists,” minions of the German occupation of the parties and executors of Nazi crimes. In fact, the guerrilla group was formed from many different people, only part of which was connected with the German occupation, but all United by their desire to expel the invaders from Latvia.
Historian Zigmars has Turcinskis about those troops that the German army was formed as saboteurs who remained in the rear of the red army, said: “All of these groups had been destroyed until January-February 1945. Thus, all the future has nothing to do with organized Nazi units. It was the desire of the people to fight for their independence with the hope that we as a small nation will be able to maneuver their freedom”.
I am glad that NATO has recognized the resistance of Latvia by the Soviet occupation, and it is hoped that the film will also help Latvians to better understand its history.