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An independent country from 1918, Latvia in the Medieval period was split into German-origin principalities, forming a part of the Catholic north-eastern defense against both Lithuanians and Russians. In the 16th century, the territory fell under the Commonwealth who fought with Sweden over supremacy in these lands for the next century. In the Great Northern War, Russia conquered the territory and remained in control for the following two centuries.

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How did residents of Estonia and Latvia prove that their family settled in the country prior to 1940, in order to become citizens in 1989?

In a related question, @defaultlocale posted this excerpt: Article 2. Possession of Latvia citizenship Citizens of Latvia are: persons who were citizens of Latvia on June 17, 1940 and their ...