Posts published in Day: November 11, 2019

Remains of anti-Soviet partisan killed in 1958 found in Vilnius

Monday, November 11, 2019

The remains of a Lithuanian post-war partisan have been discovered in an anonymous grave in Vilnius. Juozapas Streikus-Stumbras was buried in Orphans’ Cemetery in Antakalnis, the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania has told BNS. The identity has been confirmed by the State Forensic Medicine Service which carried out DNA tests and compared the scull with Streikus’ photos. In recent years, bodies of several Lithuanian partisan leaders were discovered…

Danske Bank in Estonia used gold to hide illicit Russian funds

Monday, November 11, 2019

Danske Bank offered a select group of mostly Russian clients to buy gold bars at the height of 200-billion-euro money laundering scandal, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. The secret documents dated 2012 show that the Danske Bank branch in Estonia offered gold as a way to achieve “anonymity,” as well as the “portability” of assets. It’s unknown how much gold was bought by Danske’s clients. Between 2007 and 2015 over 200…

Lithuanian president signs ‘spy swap’ bill into law

Monday, November 11, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has signed into law a bill detailing the president’s right to pardon a convict involved in a spy swap deal, his office said on Monday. Sources have told BNS that the amendment, which was tabled by the chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence (NSGK) last month, is related to a planned swap of convicts involving Lithuania, Russia and Norway. Nausėda believes that the…

Rights of convicts violated during prison closure – Lithuanian parliament ombdusman

Monday, November 11, 2019

The human rights of prisoners were violated during their transfer from Lukiškės Remand Prison, the latest report by the ombudsman of the Lithuanian Seimas concludes. Since January 2019, around 600 prisoners were transferred to other facilities from the Lukiškės prison, which was in operation for 115 years and closed in July 2019. The ombudsman reports states that “most [of the prisoners] were informed about the transfer less than one day…

Romanian presidential election will need run-off

Monday, November 11, 2019

In the Romanian presidential election, incumbent Klaus Iohannis has won, yet not securing a decisive majority. The result of the election will be decided in a run-off on November 24. German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports that partial results of the Sunday, November 10, election, the 60-year-old centrist liberal received some 36% support, with Social Democrat and former prime minister Viorica Dăncilă in second place with 24%. «We have beaten…

Burkovskis may become new head of TV3 news service; conflict of interests denied

Monday, November 11, 2019

Management over combined TV3 news service has been offered to the current head of LNT analytical programme LNT TOP 10 News Haralds Burkovskis, as confirmed by Burkovskis. He does not deny having had a conversation with the company’s management on taking charge over a specific post. He did not provide a clear answer, however. «I cannot deny I find the offer attractive. However, whether I am prepared to accept it…

Latvian Green Party excluded from European Green Party

Monday, November 11, 2019

Latvian Green Party (LZS) has been excluded from the European Green Party (EGP). However, such a decision did not come as a surprise to members of the party, because the idea of leaving had been discussed among members in the past, as reported by LZS chairman Edgars Tavars. He has confirmed that his party has been excluded from the European Green Party. Nevertheless, he added that the idea for the…

Spain’s snap election won by ruling Socialists

Monday, November 11, 2019

In Spain’s snap parliamentary election, the ruling Socialists came out as winners, yet their seats were reduced and with them their chances of forming a stable majority government. British public broadcaster BBC reports that the elections were held on Sunday, November 10, and were the Spain’s fourth general election in as many years Will all votes counted, the Socialist party won 120 out of a total of 350 seats –…

New head of delegation to NATO’s parliamentary assembly appointed

Monday, November 11, 2019

Oudekki Loone (Centre) has been appointed as the head of the Estonian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, replacing Kadri Simson. The debate to name Simson’s replacement was a heated one, ERR reported, with 33 members voting against Loone becoming the head of the delegation. Fifty members voted in favor. Loone was previously a member of the delegation. Social Democrats Helmen Kütt, Heljo Pikhof and Kalvi Kõva, Isamaa’s Viktoria Ladõnskaja-Kubits…

Russia starts selling train tickets to annexed Crimea

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Russian railway company has begun selling train tickets from St. Petersburg to Crimea, the peninsular illegally seized from Ukraine. The first trip from St. Petersburg for Sevastopol in December will take 43.5 hours. U.S. broadcaster Radio Free Europe reported last week quoting Russian news agency TASS that the trains from mainland Russia to the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula across the newly constructed bridge over the Kerch Strait would be operated…