It is no secret that the class struggle in the Baltic states has been stagnant since the restoration of capitalism in 1991. But now, we are beginning to see a change in the situation, with a national, three-day strike by education workers in April. This is a sign of things to come.

This letter gives a glimpse of life in westernised, capitalist Latvia. Wealth at one end of society, while 70% of the population is classed as poor.