Latvians ready to defend their country in the underground if necessary

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Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis

Fifty-five percent of Latvians say they are ready to take up arms to defend their country in the event of a Russian invasion, and 39 percent say they will join or support in one way or another a popular resistance movement, according to a SKDS poll commissioned by the Latvian defense ministry.

The poll, carried out last November, asked Latvians what they would do if Russia invaded.

Eight percent said they would join the Zemessardze, the Latvian volunteer armed organization which is part of the country’s armed forces.

Seven percent more said they would resist by force of arms without joining that group, and 24 percent said that they would provide support for those resisting any new Russian effort at occupation.

The survey also found that 54 percent of the sample would remain in Latvia, while 31 percent said they would leave it.

The presence of NATO forces in Latvia has led 45 percent of Latvians to say that the security situation there has improved over the last year, but 29 percent said it had not changed anything, and seven percent suggested that the country’s security had deteriorated over the past year.

Fifty-nine percent of Latvians support the presence of NATO forces on their country’s territory, and 43 percent would like to see their basing made permanent.

At the same time, 17 percent oppose that policy, with 30 percent not willing to express an opinion either for or against such basing.

Meanwhile, in Estonia, the government has simultaneously promoted in rank some 200 senior officers, a move that Allan Khants, the editor of the Russian newspaper, Estlyandskiye gubernskiye novosti, says indicates that Tallinn plans to expand the ranks of its cadres military in order to take in more soldiers as needed.


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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Without any help from the west, and using only German and Russian small arms, Latvians and Lithuanians, like Ukrainians, carried out a guerrilla war against the terror of the Russian occupiers from 1944-56. See “Forest Brothers” by Juozas Luksa and “The Unknown War: The Latvian National Partisans’ Fight against the Soviet Occupiers 1944-1956”. There may alsohave been an Estonian guerrilla campaign against the Russian terror but I have no information on that.
    These brave men and women fully deserve to be remembered, and not only in their own countries..

    • WisconsinUSA

      amen sir, i saw that documentary on netflix recently. never had heard of that before.the fighters thought they were going to get help from the americans.

  • Mike

    Deserves respect! Sadly 33% of latvians are russians, the baltics locked in between Russia, Kaliningrad and Belarus, so their chances of surviving a war against Russia are very low, unless Nato would step in full scale.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      I believe the actual figure is about 25% ethnic Dwarfstanians in Latvia and Estonia, about 5% in Lithuania. Bad enough, but not as bad as your figures would suggest.
      Kaliningrad is every bit as vulnerable and can probably be taken by Polish and Lithuanian forces, plus NATO forces in Poland and the Baltics. The dwarf can only mount an attack from Belarus if he occupies the country. Lukashenko has no interest in fighting for the dwarf- he won’t gain anything by it and he won’t allow Dwarfstanian troops to use the country for any aggressive action against the Baltics or Poland. The big question is whether Belarus will actively resist a Dwarfstanian invasion.

      • Mike

        Just googled. You are correct. 25.8% ruskies in Latvia. Anyway, you forgot to mention the recently stationed Iskander systems in Kaliningrad, they could be a significant factor during a Nato-Russia conflict.

        • WisconsinUSA

          why would they be a factor mike ? our stealth bombers would take them out first ?

    • Alex George

      Why would that be the case? In eastern Ukraine, the Dwarfstanians found that a largely Russian-speaking population was opposed to them. Ethnic Russians have been some of the hardest fighters against the Russian army and “separatists”.

      These figures indicate the same is true in Latvia: Its difficult to imagine such a high figure being obtained unless many of the 25% Russians intend to fight hard against Putin’s forces if he invades.

      • Mike

        Forgive me, friend! But what are you talking about?

        • Alex George

          See edit above.

          And since you ask, I hereby forgive you for anything at all you have done. Consider yourself absolved.

          • Mike

            I don’t need to be forgiven, i’m an angel (with poisonous teeth). :)

          • Erika

            I thought you didn’t have teeth hahha

          • Mike

            Negative, i still got all my front teeth!

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            As Baby Huey once asked, “I got no teef?”

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        There’s a significant difference between the ethnic Dwarfstanians in the Baltics and the Ukraine, though. In the Baltics, many refused to learn the local languages- a requirement for obtaining Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian citizenship- and are stateless or remained Dwarfstanian citizens. Furthermore, they were widely regarded by the Balts as (descendants of) the occupiers. This was not the case in the Ukraine.
        I believe that ethnic Dwarfstanians in the Baltics will be far more likely to support the dwarf’s troops should the dwarf send in his “little green men” than was/is the case in the Ukraine.

        • Alex George

          The same beliefs were held in Ukraine about the Russian-speaking Ukrainians in 2013-2014 Very much so – how soon we forget. And the same applies to them learning Ukrainian. So I don’t think it is different.

          And in case the real issue is, are they willing to be ruled by the Kremlin and if not, are they prepared to fight to stop it. I suspect many are so prepared and the survey doesn’t cast any doubt on that.

    • WisconsinUSA

      that high of a percentage huh mike ? shoot. i wonder if a secret survey was done for those 33 % where their choices were confidential ; would rather be aligned with latvia and the west or want to be closer to russia.