Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 155

A district court in Riga has sentenced Alfons Noviks, a former chief of Latvia’s KGB, to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide against the Latvian people. Noviks was an organizer of mass deportations of Latvians to Siberia during the 1940s and early 1950s, and also ordered torture and confiscation of property. Some historians estimate that more than 200,000 people were deported from Latvia alone; Moscow today officially admits to 80,000. The former first secretary of Latvia’s Communist party, Alfreds Rubiks, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for his role in the violent Soviet crackdown of January 1991 against the independence movement. (7)

Ukrainian-Hungarian Military Agreement Signed.