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Country priced in the metropolitan area, or What Latvia saw the directors of the scandalous film on the BBC

On the evening of last Wednesday, the British television station BBC 2 showed the film “Third World War: at the command post” - a kind of pseudo-table game with the participation of ten retired high-ranking British diplomats, military and politicians. It makes little sense to retell the content of this wretched propaganda concoction, the script of which describes the fictional conflict between Russia and NATO. It is more useful to assess its consequences.

An unexpected result of the British Propaganda

About the film has already been expressed a lot of opinions, there were a variety of assessments. Russia's Ambassador to Latvia, Alexander Veshnyakov, called the picture of a British television company a dangerous provocation. According to him, the script of the tape is completely far-fetched and pursues political goals - demonizing Russia, justifying requests for strengthening NATO forces in Europe and discrediting Latvian politicians who are open-minded to Moscow. Still tougher spoke about the BBC film 2 Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs Alex Pushkov. He called it an informational crime.

Serious passions boil in the Latvian capital. Some were afraid of the Russian threat, which became the basis of the script of the British reality show. Others were alarmed by Britain’s unwillingness to defend its NATO allies. The film shows how at the command post the majority of participants voted against the use of nuclear weapons in Russia to protect Latvia. Even an offensive opinion for Latvians was expressed, they say, it is not necessary to organize a third world war because of a country whose population (1 973 700 people) is not much more than a decent metropolitan area.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevics hurried to London to talk with the head of the British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond. Later, a spokesman for the Latvian Minister Martins Dregeris reassured the public: the film does not reflect the official position of the United Kingdom, and at a meeting with Hammond Rinkevich confirmed the readiness of the allies to defend any state of the North Atlantic alliance.

Behind brackets of anxiety of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and government officials there was a problem actually Латгалии, the prospective excitement of which population became the first reason of all further imaginations of authors of the British statement. I must say that the protest processes in this province of Latvia are real and are already reaching the public level. While they are limited to social networks. Here an asset has been formed that develops the idea of ​​creating the Latgalian People's Republic (LC), its flag and the principles of forming autonomy are presented.

The scandalous film “The Third World War: in the command post” the Russian service of the BBC asked to comment on one of the authors of the idea of ​​autonomy of Latgale Vladimir Linderman. He called the film beautiful: “I think the authors pursued two goals: to blacken Russia and figure out how NATO can act in a military conflict with Russia. Involuntarily there was a third meaning. It so happened that the governments of Latvia and Estonia are exposed to instigators of the Third World War, because the conflict began with discrimination against the Russians in the Baltic States. The mood of the inhabitants of Latgale are depicted correctly. But now they will not dare to such protests. There (in the film) there is only one lie: in reality, there are no facts indicating Russia’s desire to take Latgale off. ”

Smoldering center of Latgale

Latgale in the British film presented as an exclusively pro-Russian region of Latvia. It is very close to the truth. Latgale borders on the Pskov region of Russia. The flow of the population in the border areas always creates a close in a homogeneous medium. There is nothing strange in the fact that many Russian live in eastern Latvia. According to the census of the year 2011 118170 people here (38,9%). In Latgale Poles (20806 pers.), Belarussians (15046 pers.), Ukrainians (3845 pers.). Other national groups are not numerous, and Latvians (Latgalian) census counted 139941 man or 46,0% of the population of the region.

It is noteworthy that the Latgalians are shown only in brackets to the titular nation, artificially expanding its base. The authorities believe that there is every reason for this. After all modern Latvian historians define Latgalians as a subgroup of the Latvian ethnos. However, independent experts are convinced: this approach has little to do with reality. The Latgalians have their own roots (Finno-Ugric with strong Slavic), their own language. (According to the evaluation of the Latgale Research Institute 150-200, thousands of people - residents of Latvia constantly use Latgalian.) Latvians and Latgalian people look at the sky differently. Some of them are Lutherans, others are Catholics. Hence the cultural differences.

Moreover, these differences put pressure on the Latgalians. The authorities react irritably to their attempts at self-identification. So it was, for example, with the publication of the Latgalian dictionary. He never received official recognition, and the Latgalian language does not have the right to teach in local schools. So it was with the scientific conference on the autonomy of Latgale that took place in 2012. On its organizers brought a dozen criminal cases, despite the fact that the discussion of the expected autonomy had nothing to do with separatism. He was not even remembered. In a word, instead of national harmony, everyday practice today is distinguished by the frank policy of the Latvian chauvinists to subjugate a distinctive ethnos.

This was reflected in the attitude of the Latvian authorities to the region as a whole. Once industrialized and prosperous, it has become the most depressed in modern Latvia. Added Latgale's problems and sanctions imposed on Russia by the authorities of Riga jointly and severally with the European Union. Losses from them are not officially announced. The head of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Edgar Rinkevich, even described the reports of multi-million losses of Latvian business as Kremlin information propaganda. True, experts from the department of Rinevich acknowledged losses from trade with the Russian Federation, which amounted to about 200 million euros, but were slyly explained by their economic recession in Russia itself.

Be that as it may, Latgale is degrading today. This is evident, above all, by the outflow of the population from the region. For example, over the past ten years, the largest city in Latgale - Daugavpils left one fifth of the inhabitants. Similar situation in Rezekne, Jekabpils, Kraslava and other cities and towns. It is not by chance that the mayor of Daugavpils, Janis Lachplesis, commenting on the British TV company’s film for the portal, said: “The threat of unemployment for Latvia is more real than the military aggression of Russia”.

Janis Lachplesis explained his bleak conclusion in detail: “Every time when Latvian or foreign politicians and journalists come to Daugavpils and start looking for“ green men ”, separatists, extremists, agents, etc., the local leadership gives one and the same answer - the real threat is that because of the lack of children, schools have to be closed, the unemployment rate is higher, and wages and pensions are lower than in other regions of Latvia. ”

These social ills Latgalii British directors are not interested at all. As in such cases they say, the fed does not understand the hungry. Mayor Lachplesis complained about low pensions of citizens. In fact, the minimum payment in Latvia is only 70 euros per month. For British veterans, the base amount is somewhat different - on the order of 114 pounds (in terms of euro - 150). Only not a month, but a week. Multiply by four, we get almost ninefold difference in income, and not only from pensioners. It dictates the British arrogant attitude towards their Baltic NATO partners. Because Latvia for London - at best, as Latgale for Riga.

The worst comparison stems from the context of the scandalous film - the migrant metropolitan area. For him, and to fight something not worth it. But you can use it for your geopolitical purposes - as bait on hunting. The role is unpleasant and even humiliating for the Latvian authorities, however, it was she who deserved it today for her reckless anti-Russian policy.
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  1. as150505
    as150505 8 February 2016 07: 37
    1. cniza
      cniza 8 February 2016 08: 01
      Quote: as150505

      Testing for reaction and attempt to denigrate Russia.
    2. Finches
      Finches 8 February 2016 08: 04
      I wonder how many people in the Baltics got into, and did they manage to surpass the Americans of 38, who were killed after listening to Wales' War of the Worlds on the radio ...? laughing
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      2. Aitvaras
        Aitvaras 8 February 2016 09: 45
        I watched this film yesterday and immediately remembered about the documentation, the same NISTORY air force, about the situation in 1938. in Munich, as Chamberlain reasoned about the position of England on the Sudetenland, that interesting, he said the same thing i.e. It’s not worth fighting with Germany over the Czech Republic, as further events showed, he was mistaken.
        1. Dart2027
          Dart2027 8 February 2016 12: 38
          Quote: Aitvaras
          about the situation in 1938 in Munich

          where Chamberlain and his accomplices helped Hitler get closer to the borders of the USSR.
        2. your1970
          your1970 8 February 2016 13: 02
          and what is the mistake for Chamberlain?standard England / USA policy.
          Czech god with her
          Okay, let him make a mistake, go on.
          The next was Poland, again they did not fight.
          Okay, let them make a mistake, go on.
          The next was France, again did not fight.
          Okay, let him make a mistake, go on.
          The next was the USSR - they didn’t fight again (almost until 1944, when they began to hint that the USSR did not hope for everything, everything without sharing with them)
          The conclusion is that they will never fight a serious enemy, fly on-for-easy, live under the bombing-yes, they can-bomb easily,
          but massively fight it, they didn’t agree so ..
          ZY throwing during the "strange war" and in Africa can be considered military clashes - but not a real war
  2. Great-grandfather of Zeus
    Great-grandfather of Zeus 8 February 2016 07: 38
    "The film does not reflect reality" -I understand that in case of war, Latvia with its pissed-off flower beds and lawns will simply be shaken off the hands of Russia as a tribute to the gentleman for a quiet life?
    1. Sargord A.
      Sargord A. 8 February 2016 09: 06
      Leased for high-speed travel T-90 to the English Channel.
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 8 February 2016 07: 40
    Eh .. I will remember the "dawn" of perestroika .. rallies in the Baltic states .. For our and your freedom! .. Running from the USSR, we ourselves with a mustache .. A lot of the occupiers! .. Some "occupiers" who built factories, factories. .. from the Baltic States they made a showcase of the USSR, they left ... others came, a closet of Europe, from the Baltic States they made ...
    1. asadov
      asadov 8 February 2016 07: 57
      yeah, like old furniture. And I’m sorry to throw it away and do not want to leave it. If only to kindle leave ...
    2. Volzhanin
      Volzhanin 8 February 2016 08: 31
      I would clarify - not a closet, but a toilet, and literally. laughing
      So only the distraught person can attack the toilet, and this is not about Russia.
    3. Dart2027
      Dart2027 8 February 2016 12: 40
      Quote: parusnik
      from the Baltic States did a showcase of the USSR

      One of the most serious mistakes in the USSR.
      1. Sergej1972
        Sergej1972 8 February 2016 14: 56
        One of the most serious mistakes of the USSR is the system of national republics with artificial, unreasonable borders. It was necessary either to eventually move to the federation on a territorial basis. Or, on the contrary, maintain the division into republics, but adjust their borders by transferring territories with the predominant Russian population or multinational territories without a pronounced ethnic majority into the RSFSR. Or put a condition: if you want to preserve the borders of the republic, give the Russians the status of the second titular people.
        1. Dart2027
          Dart2027 8 February 2016 17: 14
          Quote: Sergej1972
          One of the most serious mistakes of the USSR is the system of national republics with artificial, unreasonable borders.

          No, this is not one of, but the most serious mistake. Stalin was right when he objected to such a division. And Putin rightly said about the atomic bomb planted under the USSR. There were no republics and there was no need to create them.
          1. bondarencko
            bondarencko 10 February 2016 23: 00
            The most serious mistake is tagged Misha.
    4. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 8 February 2016 14: 50
      And I recall a lot of my own, Russian, fools who also advocated the independence of the Baltic states, and of other regions of the former USSR. And such Russians, unfortunately, were many in the Baltic states, and in Moscow and other regions.
    5. bondarencko
      bondarencko 10 February 2016 22: 58
      Sailboat! Come into the library on Lenin St., ask me and I will tell you how, having lost one Motherland, I did not find another. I bet.
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  4. aba
    aba 8 February 2016 07: 45
    The role is unpleasant and even humiliating for the Latvian government, however, it was precisely it that it deserved today with its boundless anti-Russian policy.

    But we got rid of the hated "Russian occupation"! laughing
  5. Riv
    Riv 8 February 2016 07: 58
    What other "NATO partner"? Why laugh something? Thin padding in underpants - that's what the Baltic states are.
    1. FiremamRescueS
      FiremamRescueS 8 February 2016 08: 06
      yeah, literally daily.
  6. Alexander Romanov
    Alexander Romanov 8 February 2016 08: 19
    It’s impossible to conquer Latvia, you can just go there and that's it. The country is busy.
  7. LÄRZ
    LÄRZ 8 February 2016 08: 19
    An asset has been formed here that develops the idea of ​​creating the Latgale People's Republic (LPR), its flag and the principles of the formation of autonomy are presented.
    Well, what's the problem? Let on the first channel make a film about the separation of Latgale. And there, Zakharova will say that the film does not reflect the official position of Moscow. Business!
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 8 February 2016 12: 16
      Quote: LÄRZ
      Well, what's the problem? Let on the first channel make a film about the separation of Latgale.

      Northern Ireland. And Scotland. # Edinburgh laughing
  8. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 8 February 2016 08: 23
    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich rushed to London to speak with British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond

    After watching the film, I ran to find out the possible fate of Latvia. There is no desire to even laugh. But the statements in the film by real British military men and politicians (albeit former ones) are worth paying attention to: “I would have hammered a rocket down their throats!” I would gladly kill tens of thousands of Russians! ”How do you like such passages not of actors, but of lords , sirs and other English "elite"?
    1. Gomunkul
      Gomunkul 8 February 2016 11: 34
      "I would gladly kill tens of thousands of Russians!" How do you like such passages not of actors, but of lords, sirs and other English "elite"?
      This is ordinary European fascism in relation to other peoples. There is nothing to be surprised at, it’s enough to recall the history of these countries.
      1. rotmistr60
        rotmistr60 8 February 2016 12: 17
        There is no surprise. But additional hatred for these snickering arbiters of destinies appears. Therefore, the word "partners" is already jarring.
        1. Gomunkul
          Gomunkul 8 February 2016 13: 00
          But additional hatred for these snickering arbiters of fate appears.
          Too much honor for them to hate them. They need to pay with their own coin, i.e. to this slap film, make a normal documentary, but take the truth as the basis (it does not need to be invented and distorted) and show who is who, the main thing is not to fall to their level, what they want from us so much.
          The main thing to remember is that we who are living now are the descendants of the victorious people who turned their neck to European fascism.
    2. sibiryouk
      sibiryouk 9 February 2016 23: 09
      Sirs, feathers, and ... yer!
  9. Hooks
    Hooks 8 February 2016 08: 42
    Ho ho ho ho !!! Nightmares, nightmares, yes, nightmares! What nervous Latvian authorities: and us for sho? Now it begins to reach that they are not needed not only by Russia, but also by the West. The market is something with a gulkin nose. Nothing personal, as they say ... But in general, something with Western experts in the information war is something wrong, it has been flying after flight since the TV lost the hegemony of the media. Believed they had a better opinion of consumer intelligence.
  10. Gormenghast
    Gormenghast 8 February 2016 08: 46
    do not arrange a third world war over a country whose population (1 people) is not much larger than a decent metropolis

    The place of Latvia is indicated strictly correct. laughing By the way, megacities, among other things, are also parasites. Latvia is a parasite on the body of the EU; it produces nothing but Russophobia.
    1. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 8 February 2016 15: 03
      As for megacities, I do not agree. About one fourth of the country's population lives in 18 megalopolises (15 millionaire cities and three cities with sub-millionaires) in Russia, and together with the urban agglomerations formed by them, about 40% of the population lives. Is that all parasites?
  11. aszzz888
    aszzz888 8 February 2016 09: 03
    The role is unpleasant and even humiliating for the Latvian government, however, it was precisely it that it deserved today with its boundless anti-Russian policy.

    They are slaves, and they will be slaves.
  12. hohryakov066
    hohryakov066 8 February 2016 09: 08
    He served in Kaliningrad and visited Daugavpils. In the 80s, it was a beautiful, green city, well-groomed, around even villages and villages that were rich in appearance. in comparison with the Russian village, it looked just great. What did you achieve? I understand that many would like to back up, but the train left.
    1. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 8 February 2016 15: 06
      The city was predominantly Russian, Belarusian, Jewish, Polish, for national composition. The surrounding area is Belarusian-Russian-Polish-Latvian-Latgale.
  13. Crown
    Crown 8 February 2016 09: 51
    It is necessary to connect international instruments, it must be brought to court. For the words of the murder, several thousand Russians, etc. The islanders are crowing.
  14. MATROSKIN-53
    MATROSKIN-53 8 February 2016 09: 54
    Let the Latvians calm down. Russia doesn't fucking need them! It was in the USSR that they were almost abroad. And now abroad they are in complete ass. Let them eat their sprats and rejoice in "freedom and democracy"! And in Russia we have enough of our own worries and we don't need an extra mouth.
    1. LÄRZ
      LÄRZ 8 February 2016 13: 15
      Quote: MATROSKIN-53
      It was in the USSR they were almost abroad. And now in foreign countries they are in full ass.

      So what is better: to be the first among the last or the last among the first? Question to Riga.
    2. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 8 February 2016 15: 08
      And it seems to me, Daugavpils (Dvinsk) and the region around it of the Russian Federation and (or) Belarus would not hurt at all.
  15. Nikolay71
    Nikolay71 8 February 2016 10: 11
    Of course, NATO will not really defend the Baltic states. But it can be used as a pretext for war or a bridgehead for an attack on Russia.
    1. Gomunkul
      Gomunkul 8 February 2016 11: 45
      But it can be used as a pretext for war or a bridgehead for an attack on Russia.
      The beachhead is not very good, because "cut" under the base between the BR and the Kaliningrad region, the support of the enemy grouping that is surrounded by it will have to be done either by sea or by air, the chances of such a supply are close to zero.
      Direct armed conflict, a very expensive project, especially in our time, when missiles can reach any point on the enemy's territory, therefore our "Western friends" use hybrid wars and color revolutions against us, preferably with a civil war, it is much cheaper, and the effect is the same as from a direct armed conflict.
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  16. Alexey RA
    Alexey RA 8 February 2016 12: 14
    He-he-he ... and after all, once on the BBC there was a series "Yes, Mr. Prime Minister", in which there was a scene about the "inevitable and inevitable response of Britain" to the actions of the then USSR:
    Rosenblum immediately began the conversation with the question of whether I believe in the so-called theory of "nuclear deterrence."
    “Yes, I believe,” I answered without hesitation.
    - I wonder why? He asked.
    Not knowing what, in fact, to say, I simply replied that we all believe in the theory of nuclear deterrence.
    - I wonder why? He repeated patiently.
    “Well ... well, because it is holding back.”
    - From what? And most importantly - whom?
    Honestly, I personally have never had to deal with people who know how so briefly and succinctly, I would say, even too succinctly express their thoughts. And yet, what is he driving at?
    - What, in fact, do you mean? I asked.
    - Like what? - he was genuinely surprised. And then I tried to express myself a little more and more clearly. “Whom should this hold back?”
    I don’t know how to him, but everything is very clear to me - naturally, Russian! So that they don’t even dream of attacking us!
    - I wonder why?
    He clearly doubted that the containment policy could deter the Russians from attacking us. I had to clarify.
    “Because they will know: if they only try, I will press the button,” I said firmly.
    - Really click? - without hiding some pressure in his voice, he asked.
    - And what do you think is not necessary?
    - So you really click?
    “Yes, of course ... As a last resort.” “I thought again.” - At least I think I’ll press. No, I’ll definitely click! How else?
    - Excuse me, Mr. Prime Minister, but when exactly, in your opinion, can this extreme measure be applied?
    How when? It is obvious.
    - When the Russians invade Western Europe.
    Professor Rosenblum smiled indulgently.
    “But then you will have only twelve hours to personally decide on this, so to speak, at least.” Is not it so?
    Is he really right? But this ... Some kind of madness!
    “Okay,” the professor continued with an even more pleased look. - Then scenario number three. Suppose the Russians have somehow invaded West Germany, Belgium, Holland and France. Suppose their tanks and soldiers have already approached the English Channel. Suppose they intend to invade England. Will this be your “last resort”?
    I experienced extreme difficulty.
    “No, probably still not,” I said slowly.
    - I wonder why? - not hiding causticity, he asked. - Why not?
    And really, why not? There was a mess in my head. I struggled to figure out what was happening, but honestly, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t. Therefore, he muttered not quite clearly:
    “Because ... because we are ready to go to war only to protect ourselves.” But how can you protect yourself by committing outright suicide?
    - So when does the “last resort” come for you? The professor asked with a grin. - When are the Russians at Piccadilly? At the central station? At Buckingham Palace? When exactly? - Then he sat down and sat back with a pleased look by the fireplace.
  17. Igor V
    Igor V 8 February 2016 12: 23
    In 89 I was at the training camp in Jelgava. We left for exercises in the Dobele region, and there at night, by the fire, one Latvian rubbed us that the Lithuanians are fools, "Sayudis", speeches, we are smart, we will do everything through parliament. Which of them is not for me to decide, no matter what paths they take, they came to the same goal. And the goal turned out to be such that no one asks them what to do with their country. Probably proud.
    Article shows that Latvia is cracking at all seams?
    1. latgalec
      latgalec 8 February 2016 12: 57
      No, it does not crack, but the situation is not simple.
  18. KBR109
    KBR109 8 February 2016 12: 40
    The Britons are trying their best to support the reputation of a great power. But the train left at 41-45. Now we have two promising Atlantis - British and Japanese. And they know that we know what they know ... They will never dare to strike from their territory, as long as there is at least a theoretical possibility of an answer.
  19. Mikhail Krapivin
    Mikhail Krapivin 8 February 2016 15: 31
    Freedom of Latgale! Freedom! :)
  20. stabskapitan
    stabskapitan 8 February 2016 16: 31
    Don't you think that Overton’s windows have somehow often begun to open lately?
  21. EDP
    EDP 8 February 2016 16: 49
    We went overboard in the film, Latvia, like other Baltic states, does not represent a zone of vital interests, so that NATO and Russia get involved in an exchange of nuclear strikes. They "ripen" will soon fall into our hands.
  22. behemot
    behemot 8 February 2016 17: 30
    one must prepare for a preemptive strike, since military doctrine allows. These creatures definitely will not calm down in a good way. It’s time to restart the civilization, homosexuals of all stripes, pedophiles and others will drag them to the bottom anyway.
  23. Kibl
    Kibl 8 February 2016 19: 12
    So this situation is not only in Latgale, but also in Kurzeme and indeed in all regions of Latvia. Well, of course, except Riga!
  24. Oleg100
    Oleg100 8 February 2016 20: 41
    And this will protect NATO and Britain? Do they need it? 20 km from Riga, and what is happening in Latgale !!! ???
  25. Oleg100
    Oleg100 8 February 2016 20: 42
    The only thing they need is a railway and wagons.
  26. 4ekist
    4ekist 8 February 2016 21: 30
    Quote: Alexey RA
    Quote: LÄRZ
    Well, what's the problem? Let on the first channel make a film about the separation of Latgale.

    Northern Ireland. And Scotland. # Edinburgh laughing

    Correctly. How long will Scotland go under these sponsors (stupid people) and sponsor them.
  27. Kostya Andreev
    Kostya Andreev 8 February 2016 23: 41
    I did not understand, but why do we need Russia, the Baltic states? This happiness now let the EU contain!
  28. Belousov
    Belousov 9 February 2016 14: 21
    Well, at least one of these clown politicians in the West explained what for to attack us in Sweden, the Baltic states? Feed the Balts again, restore the plants? No, let the EU deal with this now. The Swedes like NATO bases do not, they can not threaten us, why should we touch them? But these questions are harmful only for escalating hysteria ...