Pain and Humiliation for Russia in Latvia
Despite polls and vociferous claims of Russian nationalists, the pro-Russia party known as “Harmony Center” was soundly defeated by anti-Russian forces in national parliamentary elections. The pro-Russian contingent garnered just 29% of the seats in the legislature and its rivals quickly and easily formed a coalition that thrust it out of power.
The Moscow Times reported: “Harmony Center, which has Latvia’s large Russian minority as its traditional base of support, had been hoping to woo ethnic Latvians to vote for it after the crisis. It had hoped this would propel it to first place in the election and a possible place in government for the first time since the Soviet collapse. It has called for softer anti-crisis measures and closer ties with Russia.”
Russians continually underestimate the extent to which they have poisoned the post-Soviet world against them. They simply do not and cannot see how much hatred they have instilled throughout Eastern Europe by failing to acknowledge and atone for Soviet crimes. As a result, Russia now stands utterly alone in the world, without any serious credible allies, even as it faces a host of bitter, brutal social and economic challenges.
Russia is a lost nation, headed for the scrap heap of history.