The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which had been independent between the two world wars, were annexed by the Kremlin in June of 1940, during the dramatic days when Paris fell to the Germans, and became republics of the Soviet Union.
Was Latvia part of the USSR?
After the October Revolution in Russia (1917), Latvia and Estonia proclaimed their independence; they were incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1940, though under German occupation from 1941 to 1944.
Who destroyed Soviet Union?
Several republics began resisting central control, and increasing democratization led to a weakening of the central government. The Soviet Union finally collapsed in 1991 when Boris Yeltsin seized power in the aftermath of a failed coup that had attempted to topple reform-minded Gorbachev.
Why is Lithuania so suicidal?
The main factors linked to suicides in the region are GDP growth, demographics, alcohol consumption, psychological factors, and climate temperature. Health expenditure appears to relate to reduced suicides but only for the entire population.