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Ukrainian nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko and the miniature world of snails

Apaļš kā pūpols, vesels kā rutks! Slimība ārā, veselība iekšā!!!

Apaļš kā pūpols, vesels kā rutks! Slimība ārā, veselība iekšā!!!

Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Eggs dyed with onion skins - the traditional Latvian Easter egg

Eggs dyed with onion skins - the traditional Latvian Easter egg

Traditional Czech Easter eggs

Traditional Czech Easter eggs

Namejs was a political and military leader in the late 13th century, but there is no historical basis to connect him with any ring. Archeologists found a plaited ring, but in a different part of the country and from about 100 years earlier. Writer Aleksandrs Grīns wrote a book in 1928 titled Namejs Ring, though the ring he describes is different. Grīns story was eventually performed on stage and later someone presented the President Ulmanis a ring they called a Namejs, and painter Liberts painted the archeological ring on the finger of his fantasy portrait of Namejs. Later Ulmanis’ connection to the ring was forgotten and it became a symbol of identity in the exile community and in Latvia, a symbol for supporters of Latvian independence.

Namejs was a political and military leader in the late 13th century, but there is no historical basis to connect him with any ring. Archeologists found a plaited ring, but in a different part of the country and from about 100 years earlier. Writer Aleksandrs Grīns wrote a book in 1928 titled Namejs Ring, though the ring he describes is different. Grīns story was eventually performed on stage and later someone presented the President Ulmanis a ring they called a Namejs, and painter Liberts painted the archeological ring on the finger of his fantasy portrait of Namejs. Later Ulmanis’ connection to the ring was forgotten and it became a symbol of identity in the exile community and in Latvia, a symbol for supporters of Latvian independence.

March 25th - the victims of the Soviet deportations remembered in the Baltics. Twenty thousand candles were lit on Freedom Square in Talinn today, one for each man, woman and child deported by the Soviets from Estonia to Siberia in 1949. In the span of a few days nearly 3% of the population of Estonia was dispatched to Siberia. 15,500 Latvians - among them 2400 children under 10 - saw the same fate. Altogether 42,000 people were arrested, many to never return again to their homeland. A day of remembrance… and hope, that it may never happen again.

March 25th - the victims of the Soviet deportations remembered in the Baltics. Twenty thousand candles were lit on Freedom Square in Talinn today, one for each man, woman and child deported by the Soviets from Estonia to Siberia in 1949. In the span of a few days nearly 3% of the population of Estonia was dispatched to Siberia. 15,500 Latvians - among them 2400 children under 10 - saw the same fate. Altogether 42,000 people were arrested, many to never return again to their homeland. A day of remembrance… and hope, that it may never happen again.