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The documentary has drawn criticism because it reportedly juxtaposes video material from World War II with recent minority-related demonstrations in the country.
The documentary was shown to local journalists shortly after the European Council decided to end human rights monitoring in Latvia, causing some members of Parliament to conclude that the film was Russia’s answer to the recent decision to end monitoring. Many have interpreted the documentary as depicting a revival of fascism in Latvia today.
It includes a march to the Freedom Monument by members of All For Latvia and some veterans of the Latvian legion on the day honoring the legion. The footage shows protestors clad in prison uniforms with the Star of David being hauled away by local police for physically obstructing the march.
“This tendentious and one-sided interpretation of the events of World War II cannot even for a small measure pretend to be an objective and serious historical expertise,” Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks told the Baltic News Service.
The Greens and Farmers’ Union have called for a halt to showing the film, which was produced by a little-known Russian company Third Rome, claiming it would ignite ethnic hatred and harm relations between the two countries.
“The film incites ethnic hatred, and is a noteworthy example of [Joseph] Goebbels’ propoganda. It lies and distorts history,” Janis Strazdins, a member of the Greens and Farmers’ Union, said at a press conference.
“This is a known provocation in order to start a debate about the monitoring of human rights in Latvia,” said parliamentarian speaker Ingrida Udre.
The prosecutor’s office is reportedly considering a probe into whether the film promotes ethnic hatred.
Other than a group of journalists and politicians, few have yet to see the whole film.
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