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What You Should Know / December 18, 2008 -- The detention of an academic and a criminal case against a singer accused of spreading rumours about economic stability in crisis-hit Latvia have sparked a debate about freedom of speech in the ex-Soviet state.The incidents come at a time of growing economic problems for Latvia, a European Union and NATO member since 2004. The country has hit recession, turned to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for aid and nationalised its second-largest bank.

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