In the summer of 1944, the Soviet Red Army launched offensives against the Nazi Northern Army Group in the Baltic states.
On May 13, 1945, the remnants of Nazi Germany surrendered in Courland, ending the campaign to liberate the Baltic states.
About 100,000 Soviet soldiers and officers died in the operation.
The monument to Soviet soldiers who liberated Soviet Latvia and Riga from Nazi invaders, opened in 1985, is located in Riga Victory Park.
On August 22, Latvian police dispersed a protest in Riga against the demolition of a monument to Soviet soldiers. At least 6 people have been arrested.