This introduction examines the ‘identity crisis’ facing Russians and Russian speakers in post-Soviet Latvia following the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union. It provides a scholarly literature review of previously-conducted research into Russian-speaking identities in Latvia, and in the Baltic states more broadly. This helps to set out some of the key, conceptual frameworks that are employed in the research such as Brubaker’s triadic nexus model, collective memory, and social integration. The chapter contextualises these frameworks within the post-Soviet developments of the Latvian state.
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