Important lessons for both ends of the Celtic-Latvian axis

How the experience of the British Isles might instruct Russia, if it took a less wilful approach to history.

One of the odder requests in my journalistic career came in 1990 when I was asked for help by a visiting reporter from BBC Cymru who was in search of Welsh-speakers from behind the newly fallen Iron Curtain. I was able to put him in touch with Latvia’s leading expert on Celtic languages, who was delighted to give a radio interview in Welsh, but was also at pains to point out that he could have done it just as easily in Irish or Scots Gaelic. 

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