By Steven Paulikas
BBC Baltic states correspondent
Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga has said she will attend celebrations in Moscow marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Ms Vike-Freiberga became Latvian leader after 50 years abroad
Critics say the ceremonies legitimise the Soviet Union's occupation of Latvia at the end of the war.
In a country that was so often the victim of history, events from the past still dominate the national agenda.
Months of passionate debate preceded the president's decision to go to Moscow on 9 May.
There, she will join other world leaders to commemorate the Allied victory over Nazi Germany.
While 9 May is commemorated in the Soviet - and later Russian - popular consciousness, in Latvia and the neighbouring Baltic states (Lithuania and Estonia) the date evokes five decades spent under uninvited Soviet rule.
By accepting the invitation of her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, Ms Vike-Freiberga has chosen to strengthen strained relations between the two countries.
She will also appease Latvia's large ethnic Russian minority, which has complained of government discrimination.
But to many Latvians, the president's act of solidarity with Russia betrays their costly struggle for independence.
Some MPs have already called on Ms Vike-Freiberga to use the occasion as a platform to express Latvia's version of the past.