For many years Latvia desired independence. In 1991 it finally gained it. Now Latvia has strained relations with Russian Federation due to Russian discontent with its citizenship policies, as well as Latvia's requests for Russia to recognise it as continuous with the first Latvian Republic. The country is divided… Former Soviet soldiers are fined if seen in uniform. Some ethnic Russians hold so-called alien’s passports. Anti-fascist protestors pay penalties for their actions while some Latvians embrace their release from so-called Soviet occupation. Find out more about modern Latvian realities in out XL Report.