Like promised in the podcast, here are the photos which you might find useful while listening to our latest episode:
First, the famous Ogre pin. It’s not brand new anymore, but it’s as authentic as it gets.
Secondly, the so-called “Red Corner”. This is a reproduction from a museum, obviously – and it’s missing an important piece – the factory newspaper, usually put on a wall nearby. Also, Lenin’s writings are nowhere to be seen – I promise, I’ll scan and upload one of my dad’s photos, when I’ll go and visit him again. (He lives on the other side of the country, so that might take a while.)
Latvian edition of “The Hobbit”. No comments here – I’ll just let this image complement what I said about it in the show.
The Nativity of Christ cathedral in Riga. The current cathedral was build later than I mention in the show, Peter built the previous cathedral in the same spot – and it was burnt down during the Napoleonic wars. This one was build during the reign of Alexander II. Also, a neat cafe, called “in God’s ear” during the soviet era.
Lenin’s monument in Riga. Pointing straight at the local “for tourists” high-quality liquor shop. Courtesy of the Latvia’s Russian photo archive.
Love your podcasts. Was lucky to find it while rummaging through some history podcast group on facebook, and yeah, – Look forward to hearing how this develops 🙂
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Hi Balrog hater, Love the blog and really looking forward to seeing how this develops over time. I have been looking for something like this for ages and this hit the spot. Ive been fascinated with Baltic, Russian, and Soviet history and culture since I was a child and listening to you has shown me that I have only cracked the surface of the Soviet period. So much of what I thought I knew comes from “official” sources and appears to be only partially true if that. The writings of Solzhenitsyn opened my eyes and this is prying them open even more.
I know it may be difficult identifying English language books that speak to some of the things you are talking about coming from a Latvian perspective but *if* that is possible it would be very helpful to us in the US who are trying to learn as much as possible about Soviet and current Russian history.
Thank you for commenting, Jon! I shall take a look on this, and post a book list.