The historian emphasized that over 20 years of independent development, the level of economic potential of Latvia ranged from 0.7 to 0.9 in 1913. For 20 years in the USSR, this level has grown 17.4 times.
Alexander Dyukov, a researcher at the Department of Economic History at the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in turn, noted that Bordans did not mention the subsidies that came to the republic from the Union budget.
“The budget of the Union republics was, figuratively speaking, a pool with two pipes: on the one hand, contributions went to the Soviet budget, and on the other, subsidies from the all-Union budget,” the historian said.
The diet of Latvia has demanded that the Russian authorities abandon the distortion of history
He specified that as a result of a large-scale subsidy program from the USSR in 1950-1960, Latvia became one of the most industrialized regions of the Soviet Union.
Dyukov noted that currently the opposite picture is taking shape in Latvia: the population of the republic is progressively decreasing, and there is no competitive industry either. “The country is not a donor, but a consumer of the EU budget,” he concluded.