KGB HQ in Riga

This item appears on page 4 of the November 2015 issue.

The Soviet-era KGB, which was known as “Cheka” in Latvia, performed espionage and secret-police work in Eastern Bloc countries, including the Baltic States and East Germany. The KGB’s activities in Latvia are the focus of a permanent exhibition that opened in February 2015 in the former Latvian KGB Headquarters, the Corner House (Brivibas Street 61, Riga, Latvia; phone +371 27875692, Visitors will see prison and dungeon cells, KGB offices and a memorial to victims of the KGB.

Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Tues. & Thurs.-Fri., 12-7 Wed. and 10-4 Sat.-Sun. Guided tour, 5 (near $6) adult or 2 senior or child.

The Corner House is organized by the Museum of the Occupation (Raina bulvaris 7, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia; phone +371 67 212715,, dedicated to the Soviet occupation of Latvia, 1944-91.