ABSTRACT

The summarizing conclusion of the book allow us to see the overall picture of the implementation of Russia’s sharp power in Latvia. These conclusions consist of three parts. The first one examines the very essence of all the chapters of the book, which helps us to see the range of Russia’s various sharp power methods, used en masse against Latvia. Asymmetry as an illustration of sharp power can be particularly well detected in the destructive influence of Russia in Latvia; the resources of the latter do not allow an adequate response to the influence of the Kremlin. The second part of the conclusion seeks the answer to the question whether democracy must defend itself. The third part shows the steps taken by the Latvian Government in recent years to reduce the scale of destruction by Russia’s sharp power and to find ways how to increase the resilience of Latvian society. The research presented in the book allows us to conclude that, despite Russia’s long-term asymmetric and massive implementation of sharp power, Latvian democracy has passed the stress test and maintained its Western foreign policy lines.