ABSTRACT

This chapter examines the Kremlin’s selective approach in choosing cooperation partners in Latvian politics, as well as Moscow’s influence on the election process in Latvia. Since the restoration of independence in 1991, all municipal and parliamentary elections in Latvia have been free and fair. The Nations in Transit assessment by the Freedom House credits Latvia with the third best result in transiting from Soviet system (only Slovenia and Estonia score better among the 29 monitored countries). Despite these achievements, the Kremlin has tried for many years to influence the results of Latvian elections by supporting some political parties that defend a pro-Moscow position. The presence of the mass media controlled by the Kremlin has been a powerful tool that has influenced the political choices of part of the Latvian electorate.