Posts published in November 2019

Justice Minister suspects «high level» cover of illegal cigarette business

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Law enforcers’ failure to put a stop to circulation of illegal circulates raises suspicions about «high level» cover of this criminal activity, said Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama. Bordāns says Riga Central Market is located next to one of the biggest police departments in the capital city, but this is no problem for dishonest traders to continue selling illegal cigarettes at the market…

President and prime minister both to miss Tartu university centennial event

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Neither President Kersti Kaljulaid nor Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) can attend Sunday’s University of Tartu national university centenary celebrations, ERR reports. While the University of Tartu was founded in 1632, the university became an Estonian-language institution in 1919. While guests from worldwide are set to attend the event, Estonia’s top two leaders have prior commitments, ERR reports, citing regional daily Tartu Postimees. President Kaljulaid has work duties abroad, ERR…

Lithuania elected to council of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Lithuania has for the first time been elected to the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Lithuania’s candidacy for the OPCW executive council for the 2020-2022 period was unanimously approved in The Hague earlier this week, the ministry said in a press release. In his speech, Vidmantas Purlys, Lithuania’s ambassador to the Netherlands, “noted that Lithuania regretted the…

Suspended sentences sought for former president and media owner in influence peddling case

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The public prosecutor is seeking suspended prison sentences for Lithuania’s impeached former president Rolandas Paksas and Gedvydas Vainauskas, the CEO of the media group Lietuvos Rytas, who are standing trial on influence peddling charges. Gedgaudas Norkūnas asked the court on Friday to sentence Paksas to three years and two months, to be suspended for two years and two months. The public prosecutor is seeking a three-year prison sentence, to be…

‘Don’t trust Putin’: Oleg Sentsov picks up EU’s top human rights prize

Friday, November 29, 2019

A year after his release from a Russian prison, the filmmaker and activist Oleg Sentsov has finally picked up his 2018 Sakharov Prize. Talking to DW, Sentsov described Vladimir Putin as his “sole enemy” and a war criminal. The Ukrainian filmmaker and activist finally accepted the prestigious Sakharov Prize on Tuesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, after being freed in a high-profile prison swap between Russia and Ukraine in…

Festival of Lights to illuminate darkest winter nights in Vilnius

Friday, November 29, 2019

Vilnius Festival of Lights returns to the Lithuanian capital following popular demand, according to a press release. Held during Vilnius’ birthday on January 24-26, nearly 30 installations will light up courtyards across the capital.“We will continue the mission of Gediminas started 697 years ago – he invited guests to the capital in his letters, while we will invite them using lights,” Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius is quoted in the press…

There’s ‘growing understanding’ of Astravyets NPP problem among Baltics, Lithuania’s Linkevičius says

Friday, November 29, 2019

There is a growing understanding among the Baltic states that the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus is a problem, Lithuania’s foreign minister said after his meeting with Latvian and Estonians lawmakers and foreign ministers in Riga on Friday. “There’s a growing understanding, as previously there was not even any wish to have an in-depth discussion on the matter, to be honest. Now it’s clearly stated in the…

Lithuanian education minister pledges to resign if no deal is reached over teachers’ demands

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lithuanian  Education   Minister Algirdas Monkevičius says he is ready to resign if he fails to reach an agreement with teachers on their demands to increase funding. Teachers staged a two-hour warning strike on Thursday, demanding more funding for education. “If I fail to reach this agreement, I am ready to accept responsibility for that and resign, if necessary,” the minister told journalists on Friday after a joint meeting of…

Lithuanian president promises new environmental protection measures

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has promised to force public authorities to assess the environmental impact of their decisions, as he calls on the population, the government and businesses to join forces in fighting climate change. “I will initiate amendments to the Law on Legislative Framework to provide for mandatory assessment of initiatives in terms of environmental impact, including climate change,” Nausėda said at the Climate Week conference at the Presidential…

Over a thousand Defence League and other personnel in weekend exercise in Estonia

Friday, November 29, 2019

Around a thousand volunteer Defence League (Kaitseliit) personnel are taking part in a training exercise over the weekend. Exercise Orkaan (Hurricane) is being organized by the West Estonia defense district, BNS reports, and will also bring personnel from the Kalev Infantry Battalion, Naiskodukaitse, the women’s arm of the Defence League, volunteers from the Latvian volunteer corps Zemessardze, the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). “Protecting our family and our home…