The Latvian Purges of 1959: A Revision Study
Using research from the Latvian State Archive, personal interviews with former Latvian national communist Eduards Berklavs, and memoirs of Party leaders, this article discusses the events surrounding the Latvian purges of 1959. Newly discovered information challenges previous assumptions that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered the ouster of the Berklavs faction. Instead, as will be demonstrated, the national communists were purged by the Stalinist old guard and Russian military in Latvia, despite Khrushchev's objection. The purpose of this article is to reexamine relations between the republic and centre, Kremlin politics and its effect on Latvia.
Journal of Baltic Studies
DOI of Published Version
Prigge, Will, "The Latvian Purges of 1959: A Revision Study" (2004). History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion Faculty Publications. 1.