Arrests

Arrests
The Soviet occupation regime engaged in active search for „enemies" and created a climate of fear. Individuals simply disappeared. In combating real and imagined enemies of the regime, many were arrested and prisons were overflowing.

The methods of interrogation used by the Soviet agencies often resulted in confessions to whatever was asked. Prisoners were held in overcrowded cells, even in solitary cells the size of a small closet. They endured thirst, hunger, lack of fresh air. During interrogation threats and physical torture were used. But according to those who survived, the worst were the feelings of utter helplessness and not knowing if they had a future. Citizens of Latvia, who during the previous 20 years could count on justice, were suddenly without any legal protection and without the most basic human rights.