Posts published in Day: November 8, 2019

Moral panic of the decade: former judge’s extradition rekindles 10-year-old story

Friday, November 8, 2019

The extradition of Neringa Venckienė, a former Kaunas judge and member of parliament who has been in hiding overseas since 2013, has rekindled memories of one of the most resonant moral panics of recent decades. The story began with a child custody conflict, but then escalated into a drama of murder, conspiracy and politics. LRT English retraces the key moments of the story and its significance. What had been initially…

Lithuanian president decries French leader’s NATO ‘brain death’ comments

Friday, November 8, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has criticized French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement on “brain dead” NATO, stating that the Alliance gives grounds to no doubts about its determination to defend against external threats. According to the Lithuanian president, NATO remains the key instrument for defending its members against external threats and it would be completely unacceptable to establish new institutions to replace the Alliance. “To speak about NATO’s brain death at…

Despite government’s war on black market, it still accounts for one fourth of Lithuanian GDP

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Lithuanian state loses around a billion euros in uncollected VAT revenue every year due to the black market, despite active efforts to combat the problem, Deputy Auditor General Živilė Simonaitytė says. “Based on the latest estimates, 1.1 billion euros in budget revenue was not collected in 2017 due to the VAT gap,” she said during a conference at the Seimas on Friday. According to Simonaitytė, Lithuania uses 36 tools…

Prosecutors conclude investigation in ex-judge Venckienė’s case

Friday, November 8, 2019

Prosecutors have completed a pre-trial investigation in the case of Neringa Venckienė, a former judge and lawmaker who returned to Lithuania on Wednesday after being extradited from the United States. On Friday, a court in Kaunas extended Venckienė’s arrest for two months. “We decided to close the pre-trial investigation,” Darius Jakutis, the prosecutor in charge of the case, told reporters on Friday. The investigation was closed because no new circumstances…

Sentsov in Vilnius: Ukrainians don’t need to knock on EU’s door ‘like beggars’

Friday, November 8, 2019

Ukrainian filmmaker and Crimea activist Oleg Sentsov, who is visiting Vilnius, says Lithuanians could help Ukrainians change and become more European. “You are doing everything in your power [and] we are happy about everything, […] but we must first change ourselves,” Sentsov told reporters after meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. “We shouldn’t be beggars who run around and ask everyone for scraps from the table. This is unworthy…

Lithuania seeks EP’s protection for its judges in January 13 case from Russian intimidation

Friday, November 8, 2019

Lithuania’s justice minister, prosecutor general and a judicial official are going to the European Parliament next week to ask for solidarity in protecting Lithuanian judges and prosecutors involved in the January 1991 massacre case from Russia’s persecution. The case relates to the attempted Soviet crackdown in Vilnius that killed fourteen civilians. Earlier this year, a Vilnius court handed sentences to over 60 former Soviet officials, some of them Russian nationals,…

Restored first colour Lithuanian film

Friday, November 8, 2019

As Lithuanian films are receiving more and more recognition at international film festivals, the Lithuanian film heritage is also being screened in various programs. On November 3rd the world premiere of the first colour Lithuanian film “March! March! Tra-ta-ta!” (lit. Marš! Marš! Tra-ta-ta!, 1964) by dir. Raimondas Vabalas took place at National Gallery of Art in Washington. The film was restored specially for this occasion, the Lithuanian film center writes…

Lithuanian deputy finance minister to be Ursula von der Leyen’s economy adviser

Friday, November 8, 2019

Lithuania’s Deputy Minister of Finance Miglė Tuskienė is tipped to become adviser to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Finance Ministry has announced on Friday. Tuskienė will advise the president of the next European Commission on economy. “I am very glad and proud of the professional achievements and competences of my colleague that have brought benefits for our country and been acknowledged on the highest level,” Lithuania’s Finance…

Business hits back against Lithuanian parliament’s tax proposals

Friday, November 8, 2019

Lithuania’s biggest business organisations say politicians are violating the national agreement signed two years ago when proposing tax raises. In a statement circulated on Wednesday, they say they will closely watch the passing of next year’s budget and decide if it is worth sticking to the agreement. Lithuania’s ruling parties have proposed introducing taxes on bank assets and turnover of big retail chains. Robertas Dargis, the president of the Lithuanian…

Rīga’s Gertrude Street Theater “turns off” the sound of a performance

Friday, November 8, 2019

How far can a director go in experimenting with form and studying the world, society and human nature through theater? One answer includes “turning off” the sound of a performance. You can experience this at the Gertrude Street Theater attending Russian director Vsevolod Lisovskiy’s silent performance “A Situational Comedy”. There is, however, no trace of comedy, as the two actresses Ināra Slucka and Jana Jacuka interact onstage in silence. Only subtitles…