Posts published in Day: October 11, 2018

Estonia money laundering risk second lowest in world

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Estonia ranks second lowest globally in money laundering and terrorism financing risks (ML/TF), according to the Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index, in spite of the recent Danske Bank money laundering case affecting the Estonian branch of the bank. The Basel AML Index ”…is an independent annual ranking that assesses the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) around the world,” according to its website. Estonia lies second (out of…

Did a ‘Pro-Russian’ Party Win Big in Latvia?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

After the results from Latvia’s parliamentary elections were announced on October 6, headlines declared a big victory for the “pro-Russian” Social Democratic Party, better known as “Harmony.” “Pro-Russian Harmony tipped to be Latvia’s largest party following election,” a Guardian headline read. “Populist Wave Hits Latvia, Lifting Pro-Russia Party in Election,” was the New York Times’ take. One of the most alarmist headlines came from the The Daily Express: “Latvia election result sparks EU crisis…

Booster rockets carrying Soyuz fail mid-air, force emergency landing

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Booster rockets carrying a Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with a Russian and a US astronaut on board, failed mid-air on Thursday forcing the crew to make an emergency landing. American Nick Hague, 43, and Russian Aleksey Ovchinin, 47 were the two astronauts bound for the International Space Station before having to abort the mission. The spacecraft has safely landed back on Earth and rescue teams have reached the Soyuz landing site.…

Government decides to give journalists free access to Center of Registers’ info

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Lithuania’s government on Wednesday made a decision which, its representatives say, will create conditions for journalists to get free of charge access to information from the Center of Registers. The adopted resolution states the costs of providing information to journalists will be covered from the state budget. The Ministry of Transport and Communications estimates it will cost the state 25,000-30,000 euros per month. The costs of providing information to journalists…

Greek Defense Chief Kammenos Wants More U.S. Bases

Thursday, October 11, 2018

After meeting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said he wants more American military bases, urging they be situated in Volos, Alexandroupoli near Turkey and Larissa. “I want to affirm that Greece considers the United States a strategic partner and ally, the only one I dare to say,” Kammenos said after the meeting, reported Kathimerini. “It is very important for Greece that the…

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine spill over to Byzantine world of Orthodox church

By David Stern on Thursday, October 11, 2018

For centuries, the golden cupolas of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery and catacombs have been a refuge of tranquility and prayer in Orthodox Christianity. It is now caught in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia as it spills into the world of faith. What is at stake is whether the Ukrainian church can formally break away from Russia’s control and become a new autonomous branch among Orthodoxy’s more than a…

Exhibition exploring the UK-Lithuania relations in the interwar period opens at Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry

Thursday, October 11, 2018

On 10 October, the exhibition “BUILDING BRIDGES: Relations between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Lithuania in 1918-1940” was opened at Lithuania‘s Foreign Ministry. The exhibition was initiated by the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Lithuania. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius presented the exhibition together with the members of the British Royal Family – Prince Edward, Earl of…

Ex-KGB officer tells court they were in Vilnius in 1991 on Gorbachev’s orders

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mikhail Golovatov, a former KGB officer who is being tried in absentia for his role in the January 1991 bloody crackdown on protesters in Vilnius, says the Soviet army units came to Lithuania under a direct order from the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. The high-ranking KGB officer on January 11-13, 1991 commanded a squad that stormed the TV Tower and the Radio and Television Committee building in Vilnius. “We…

Estonian ministers to meet NATO chief, EDF forces in Italy

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) is to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Thursday, according to ministry spokespersons. The meeting is to focus on future steps to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defence posture, plus the implementation of decisions from the Brussels Summit in July. Mr Mikser and Mr Stoltenberg will also discuss cooperation between the EU and NATO, as well as relations with Russia. Mr…

Latvian parties remain cautious after second day of government talks; five parties continue talks

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Parties elected to the 13th Saeima remain cautious after the second day of government formation talks. Political powers remain reluctant to reveal the composition of the potential government. Five parties continue government formation talks – New Conservative Party, KPV LV, National Alliance ‘All for Latvia!’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, New Unity and Attīstībai/Par. NCP has completed its round of talks with all political parties. The party has also made it…