The Soviet war memorial which commemorates the supposed communist liberation of Riga is the place to meet die hard reds on Soviet anniversary days.

Built in 1985 to lionize the Red Army and to dishearten and annoy the Latvian populace, the monument consists of a tall concrete obelisk adorned with five golden stars symbolising the five years of WWII.

On other side are bronze statues of Mother Russia and soldiers advancing with their weapons raised. Dozens of hectares of parkland surround this shrine to former Soviet glory.

Take tram 5 from 11. Novembra krastmala to the second stop over the Akmens Bridge.

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