Posts published in Day: September 10, 2018

What did the Estonian spy know?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Treason of General Staff of the Defense Forces planning officer Deniss Metsavas (38), who, together with his father, leaked classified documents to GRU for years, could spell months of reorganization in a highly sensitive field for the armed forces. According to the prosecution, Major Deniss Metsavas and his father Piotr Volin worked in tandem until they were arrested on September 3. Only Metsavas had access to state secrets and classified…

Ministry identifies 432 high-risk objects in Latvia

Monday, September 10, 2018

Last year, the government approved requirements for identification and classification of high-risk objects, as well as the civil protection and disaster management planning and realization order. These requirements state that all high-risk objects are to be divided into A, B or C categories. These categories include objects used to produce, use or store dangerous substances. On 11 September, Latvia’s government will decide on approval of the high-risk objects list. A…

Mass pension protests held in Russia, police arrests hundreds

Monday, September 10, 2018

In Russia, mass protests against planned pension reform have been held, where over 800 people have been detained, according to a detention monitoring organisation. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports on Monday, September 10, that video and photo footage of the protests, which were held in more than 80 towns and cities, showed the police sometimes using force to disperse rallies, beating participants with batons and dragging them away. The city…

Father and son

Monday, September 10, 2018

Bob was 16 and finally got hold of his driver’s license. In order to celebrate the special day, the whole family went out to the driveway and climbed into the car to enjoy his first official drive. However, dad went to the back seat, where he sat right behind his boy. When Bob saw his dad he said “Dad, you must be fed up of the front seat after teaching…

Lithuania does not want to admit allegations about a secret CIA detention site

Monday, September 10, 2018

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that law-enforcement officials must use all possibilities to investigate the circumstances surrounding allegations that the country hosted a secret CIA detention site more than a decade ago. “What I want from the pre-trial investigation conducted by prosecutors is that they use all possibilities (…), all means of evidence here, within the country,” he told reporters on Thursday. Skvernelis said that actions by law-enforcement bodies cannot be limited…

U.S.-led forces appear to be using white phosphorus in populated areas in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff on Monday, September 10, 2018

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria appears to have used white phosphorus-loaded munitions on at least two occasions in densely populated areas of Mosul and in the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, according to videos posted online and human rights groups. The often-controversial munitions are common in western militaries and are used primarily to create smoke screens, though they can also be dropped as an incendiary weapon. When a white phosphorus shell…

Rīga welcomes NATO’s Steadfast Pyramid

Monday, September 10, 2018

From September 9 until 21, the Latvian Defense Academy is hosting NATO exercises “Steadfast Pyramid 2018” and “Steadfast Pinnacle 2018” in Riga, the Ministry of Defense said September 7. “This exercise will be attended by 58 senior and flag officers from NATO Member States and Finland, which is one of the NATO partner countries. The goal of “Steadfast Pyramid” and “Steadfast Pinnacle” is to boost senior and flag officers’ ability to plan…

Show of support for priest suspected of sexual abuse

Monday, September 10, 2018

Supporters of a Catholic priest suspected of participation in human trafficking and sexual abuse turned out in Rezekne, eastern Latvia September 9. As previously reported by LSM, priest Pāvels Zeila is being held in custody by police as part of what they believe was a three-person sexual abuse ring involving abuse of a mentally disabled man. On Sunday several hundred parishoners and supporters of the priest staged a protest and prayer meeting, calling for his…

Latvia pushes majority language in schools, leaving parents miffed

Monday, September 10, 2018

Teachers in the Baltic country’s bilingual schools are transitioning into teaching mostly in Latvian. Critics worry that the reform will come at the detriment of minority students — mainly ethnic Russians. Words in various languages adorn the stairs of Riga’s secondary school No. 34. Inga Sokolova, the school’s deputy headmaster, greets a colleague in a classroom with Latin and Cyrillic alphabets on the walls, and the two exchange jokes about…

Latvia still has sufficient labor resources

Monday, September 10, 2018

Latvia still has sufficient labor resources, and it is necessary to think how to help the unemployed return to the labor market, informs LETA referring to Evita Simsone, director of the State Employment Agency of Latvia. She said that the registered unemployment rate has continued to drop in Latvia and now stands at 6.3% of the economically active population. The average statistical unemployed person in Latvia is roughly 50 years…