The Soviet Union, Latvian Leftist Social Democrats, and the Question of a Right-wing Extremist Coup in Latvia in 1927

In: Forschungen zur baltischen Geschichte
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Magnus Ilmjärv
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Abstract

This article makes use of various sources gathered from Russian, Estonian, Latvian, and other archives discussing the topic of Soviet Baltic policy in the 1920s. To achieve its foreign policy goals, the Soviet Union resorted to two different avenues offered by two institutions, the People’s Commissariat of Foreign Affairs, and the Comintern. The article examines discussions by Soviet diplomats and Latvian Social Democrats after a left-wing government had been established in Riga in December 1926. In their communications, Soviet diplomats elaborated on the possibilities of a right-wing or a leftist coup d’état in the period from late 1926 to March 1927. The material used rises many questions and problems that should be the object of further research.

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