Welcome to Slutišķi
Sitting on the bank of the Daugava, this picturesque hamlet populated by Russian Old Believers served as an unlikely catalyst of Latvia's 'Third Atmoda' (National Awakening), which led to the restoration of independence in 1991. A newspaper article criticising the Soviet government's plan to build a hydropower station and flood Slutišķi generated public outcry that turned its author Dainis Īvans into an instant hero. Soon he was the leader of Latvian Popular Front, a movememt that made the liberation happen. These days, one of the farmsteads has been transformed into a lovely ethnographic museum dedicated to Old Believers. It was undergoing a thorough renovation at the time of research, but was due to re-open soon. Slutišķi is surrounded by Daugavas Loki nature park, which protects a particularly beautiful stretch of the gracefully bending Daugava. There is an organised picnic area on the river bank, with barbeque facilities, swings for children and a few paths for walking.