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I appeal to the soldiers and officers of all NATO countries, who serve in the Baltic States, but above all, to all the servicemen of Great Britain, the United States and Canada. We were allies during the Second World War, our ancestors defeated the Nazis together. Many of you remember about that.

I went to Jurmala by train a few days ago. A company of English tourists, 30-40 years old men, was sitting next to me. I showed them a monument to Soviet soldiers who liberated Latvia from the Nazis when we were passing it on our way to the sea. They all stood up as if on command, took out a bottle of whiskey from their bag, and we drank together for our common victory and for those who did not return from that terrible war.

Unfortunately, you are here not as tourists today, but as soldiers. Ask yourself – why? Russia is not going to attack the Baltic countries. It’s a lie. Your politicians lie to you about the “Russian threat” and the Baltic nationalists fuel hysterics against Russia to have a good reason to discriminate local Russian minority.

I wonder if you were told that the Russians who had been born and raised in Latvia and Estonia were later deprived of the citizenship of these countries, and they never could and cannot today vote in the elections? That the Russian language, which is native to 35% of the population, is considered “foreign” in these countries? That former SS soldiers and their young fans march in the center of Riga on the 16th of March every year?

I think you were not told about that. But you must know about that. You came here to defend the regimes, which are nostalgic for the times of Nazism and fascism. You were told that you had to defend them because of a Russian military threat. In reality, Russia was never going to attack and will not attack. Believe me, you got into a bad situation. You have become the victims of a primitive political fraud.

You have to understand that people in Russia are worried about the NATO troops concentration on the borders of Russia. For Russians it’s like a new Hitler preparing to attack. Russia will have to find a strong answer to this threat, and the world will make a step to a new war. There will be no winners in this war. There will only be millions of corpses. But it’s not too late to stop this madness.

We can find a common language and understanding in the memories of the past. Here is what I want to offer to those who serve in Latvia: come together with us to the Soviet Soldiers monument in Riga on the 9th of May, our common Victory Day over the Nazis,. Hundreds of thousands of people come to this monument on this day every year to honor the memory of your allies – the Soviet soldiers. I invite you to march together with us in the lines of the “Immortal Regiment”. We will march holding portraits of our relatives who fought the Nazis. Your ancestors also fought against the Nazis, so take their portraits and march with us. I am sure you will be proud and happy.

I think, Canadians must know this photo: Wait for me, Daddy! New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940. The regiment of British Columbia is marching, preparations are being made for dispatch to the front. Five-year Warren “Whitey” Bernard escaped from the hands of his mother and rushed to his father Jack Bernard with a cry “Wait for me, Daddy!”

Come and march together with us on the 9th of May!

Vladimir Linderman.

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