August 21 marks 23 years since the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia adopted the constitutional law on the governmental status of the Republic of Latvia. That ended the Declaration "On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia" and its established transition period for the restoration of independence.
Freedom Monument in Riga
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