Soviet Aggression Against The Baltic Statesby Augusts Rumpēters

Augusts Rumpēters (1899-1978) was a member of the Supreme Court Senate of the Republic of Latvia during its first period of independence, that is, a "justice of the Supreme Court." His treatise on Soviet aggression against the Baltics, published in 1974, is still one of the best sources extant examining the Soviet-Baltic relationship regarding mutual agreements and international law—and how the Soviet Union abrogated those agreements and violated international law in coercing the Baltics into accepting Soviet troops and then invading and annexing them.

The Soviet Union has entered the pages of history. But Stalin's false dogma that the Baltics legally and willingly joined the U.S.S.R. still echoes today in pronouncements from Russia's political and military leadership[1] and in resolutions of its parliament which

"remind deputies of the Latvian Saeima that Latvia's being a part of the Soviet Union was grounded by fact and by law from the international juridical point of view."
reported in Pravda, November 19, 1999

For this reason alone, Augusts Rumpēters' superbly detailed analysis is more relevant today than ever.


[1]Russian defense minister, Sergey Ivanov, called occupation claims absurd. "That, which they indicate, that the USSR occupied the Baltic States—this is absurdity and nonsense. It is not possible to occupy that which belongs to you." ("То, что говорят, что СССР оккупировал прибалтийские государства - это абсурд и чушь. Нельзя оккупировать то, что тебе принадлежит.") —reported in RIA Novosti, May 7, 2005.
...Timeline...Nīca Fold-outNīca Women's Folk Costume. Latvian State Publishing House, ca. 1960.Nīca women's folk costume illustrated multi-lingual reference fold-out. Along Latvia's RoadsPa Latvijas Ceļiem (Along Latvia's Roads), ca. 1960. Soviet era postcards ala "See the USA in your Chevrolet." (Soviet) RīgaRīga, ca. 1960. Soviet fold-out of post-card sized images of Rīga. Captioned in eight (!) languages and extolling the benefits, virtues, and accomplishments of the Soviet occupation "era." Smiltene Fold-outSmiltene Women's Folk Costume. Latvian State Publishing House, ca. 1960.Smiltene women's folk costume illustrated multi-lingual reference fold-out. Latvia and the Latvians"Attitudes of the Major Soviet Nationalities, Latvia and the Latvians", Frederic T. Harned, 1973. Part of a wider set of studies on all the peoples of the Soviet Union. The study was a project of M.I.T.'s Center for International Studies. Soviet Aggression Against the Baltic StatesSoviet Aggression Against the Baltic States. Augusts Rumpēters. The World Federation of Free Latvians, New York. 1974. Augusts Rumpēters (1899-1978) served in the Supreme Court Senate of the Republic of Latvia. His cogent and superbly annotated dissertation provides pertinent counterpoint to those who continue to insist the Baltics joined the USSR willingly and legally. How Stalin Got the Baltic StatesHow Stalin Got the Baltic States—The Search for Historical Truth. Dr. Vilnis V. Šveics, 1989. Professor Vilnis V. Šveics' concise and revelatory monograph on the descent of the Baltic states into Soviet domination conclusively documents that the image of France, Britain, and the United States as champions of Baltic independence is a post-WWII fiction. Brief History of Latvia"A Brief History of Latvia". Latvian Foreign Ministry. 2000.  A short summary highighting key aspects and events in Latvian history.
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