Posts published in Day: December 21, 2018

U.S. widens Russia sanctions over election interference

Friday, December 21, 2018

Washington has introduced new targeted sanctions against Russian citizens, putting them on its blacklist of individuals allegedly involved in a Kremlin-backed campaign to meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other malign activities. Canadian-British news agency Reuters report that on Wednesday, December 19, the U.S. Treasury Department also announcement that it would lift sanctions on Russian aluminum company Rusal, EuroSibEnergy and EN+ after they have agreed to sever Russian…

The ghost of hostile foreign intelligence and spies shadow Lithuania’s Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas is around the corner, however not the merriest annual holiday, but the topic of secret services and spies prevails the Lithuanian media ahead of the celebration. Lithuania’s law enforcement on Wednesday, December 19, announced it busted a «whole network of persons», including Algirdas Paleckis, the former leader of Lithuania’s Socialist People’s Front, spying for Russia. Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis did not reveal the exact number of detainees, just mentioned Paleckis…

Porn star arrested for allegedly trying to hire hitman for murder

Friday, December 21, 2018

A porn star has been arrested for allegedly trying to hire a hitman for a murder. Katrina Danforth — who performs under the names Lynn Passion and Lynn Pleasant — was held by federal agents at Spokane International Airport in Washington on Wednesday morning, it’s emerged. Court papers reveal that she allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill someone identified only as ‘H.R.’, according to the New York Post . She…

Lithuanians pay more for some food products online than other Europeans, survey finds

Friday, December 21, 2018

Lithuanians pay much more to buy some food products online than shoppers in other EU countries, according to a price comparison survey commissioned by the Justice Ministry and the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority writes LETA/BNS. “If we compare multinational brands sold in EU countries, Lithuania is not a cheap country,” Deputy Justice Minister Irma Gudziunaite said as she presented the results of the survey. “Our prices for the majority of popular…

Lithuania considers freezing assets of individuals from Magnitsky list

Friday, December 21, 2018

Russian officials will soon not be able to conduct their financial and economic activities in Lithuania. According to Delfi, the Lithuanian government is preparing a bill that will not only limit the cash flow of people who are on the Magnitsky list, but also, they will not be able to enter Lithuania. Opposition conservatives and liberals launched this initiative. They have already submitted their vision of the project, but the government has not…

Activities related to terrorism now added to list of crimes in Estonia

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Riigikogu adopted a government bill on Wednesday that makes training as well as travel for the purpose of joining a terrorist organisation or committing an act of terrorism a crime. The same bill also adds the organisation, funding and support of terrorism to Estonia’s list of crimes. The new law transposes a directive of the European Union to the effect into Estonian law. The bill also brings Estonian legislation…

The art of the deal: Negotiators’ secrets revealed

Friday, December 21, 2018

Could the UK still negotiate a better Brexit deal with the European Union? And what exactly happens at such trade negotiations? When Theresa May announced last month that the UK had secured a Brexit agreement with the European Union it was never going to please everyone. For so-called “Brexiteers”, the deal won’t separate the UK enough from the EU. While for “Remainers”, they simply want the UK to stay in the economic…

President Trump ‘to pull thousands of troops’ from Afghanistan

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan, US media say. Reports, citing unnamed officials, say about 7,000 troops – roughly half the remaining US military presence in the country – could go home within months. The reports come a day after the president announced the country’s military withdrawal from Syria. Earlier on Thursday, Mr Trump’s defence secretary, Jim Mattis, announced his resignation from his post. In…

Local democracy under threat in Latvia

Friday, December 21, 2018

The PES is deeply concerned about the attempts of government members in Latvia to dismiss elected local representatives in the country. A new law, which is currently under discussion, will allow the government to replace the democratically elected mayor of Riga and the current city council with a caretaking administration until possible snap elections in May. The attempt to suspend the democratically elected city council comes at a moment when…

Lithuania’s watchdog believes The Simpsons might have negative effect on minors

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania believes the popular American sitcom, The Simpsons, might be having negative impact on minors, thus, should be shown after 9 p.m. Drafted by the watchdog, a monitoring act states certain scenes involving the use of alcohol, polygamy promotion, and talks about sexual intercourse, could be detrimental to minors. “(…) there is ground to believe that information in the animated series could have negative…