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Latvia Removes Soviet Sailor Monuments for ‘Public Safety’

The Latvian government has finalized the removal of a monument to Soviet sailors, deeming it a safety hazard, despite Russia’s objections, according to Baltic news site Delfi. The monument to 26 Soviet sailors who died in northern Latvia during World War II was installed in the city of Limbazi in 1974, while Latvia was still part of the Soviet Union. Latvia has tried to distance itself from its Soviet legacy since it declared independence in 1991, with some Communist monuments being removed and others being left in disrepair.
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