Feeling the pinch
Archived Articles 29 Jan 2009  EWR
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Uncomfortable echoes of uncomfortable times
Edward Lucas

“Economic collapse undermines national security”. Two years ago, when the script for “December Heat”, Estonia’s lavishly produced new historical thriller, was being written, that seemed a theme from the past, not the future. Now it looks uncomfortably prescient—if not yet for Estonia, certainly for its southern Baltic neighbours Latvia and Lithuania.

“December Heat” portrays the failed Bolshevik putsch in Estonia in 1924. Some elements are unlikely to be repeated. Communism then could attract idealists hoping to build a workers’ paradise. It is hard to imagine starry-eyed young Estonians now believing that modern Russia is a new civilisation. The Baltic states are in NATO and the EU.

The complete article, which appearead initially as Mr Lucas' Europe.View column at Economist.com is available at the author’s blog,
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