Posts published in Day: February 14, 2020

Danish court approves Misāne’s continued custody

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Copenhagen court on February 14 ruled that Latvian citizen Kristīne Misāne should remain in custody pending an extradition request in place from South Africa, where she will face charges of kidnapping, document forgery and other charges. The case has caused considerable controversy in Latvia, as previously reported by LSM. Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the court ruling wirh a statement expressing its “incomprehension” and suggesting the ruling was against…

Trump, Putin congratulate Lithuania on Independence Restoration Day

Friday, February 14, 2020

US and Russian presidents were among foreign leaders to congratulate Lithuania in the run up to the country’s Independence Restoration Day on February 16. On February 16, 1918 Lithuanian leaders signed the Act of Lithuania’s Independence, setting the legal framework for the modern Lithuanian state. “From the singing human chain of the Baltic Way […] in 1989, to the declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, to the…

Return to Valmiera: Now I’m a millionaire!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valmiera native Jānis Uzāriņš has returned to Latvia after seven years in England, and regaining the feeling of home along with his family and career makes him feel like a millionaire, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13. Uzāriņš returned to his property management company that maintains city territories during the summer and mows the grass, but during the winter they clear the snow and do additional jobs.…

Lithuania’s independence act signed by partisans located in Vilnius

Friday, February 14, 2020

Staff at the special archives located the original independence document signed by Lithuanian partisans on February 16, 1949. On February 16, 1949, the Council of the Movement of the Struggle for Freedom of Lithuania (LLKS), which led the armed resistance to the Soviet occupation, signed the declaration to restore an independent democratic state.  Read more:  Lithuania gives proper burial to last anti-Soviet resistance leader    In late 2019, an undisclosed…

Baltic states mull joint deposit recycling system

Friday, February 14, 2020

A meeting of Baltic Assembly committees in Tallinn February 14 focused on the circular economy and digital cooperation, with the possibility of a unified recycling system for all three Baltic states among the subejects discussed. The joint meeting of the Economics, Energy and Innovation Committee and the Natural Resources and Environment Committee of the Baltic Assembly (BA), where circular economy and digital issues are discussed as economic cooperation of the Baltic States, was…

First victim of DEFENDER-Europe 20: American soldier was injured

Friday, February 14, 2020

An American soldier was injured in a brawl Saturday night on a Grafenwoehr street that’s home to several bars, German police and U.S. military officials said. “At this time, we are investigating a 21-year-old man” who is suspected of injuring the soldier in the brawl, said Werner Stopfer, chief of police in the town of Eschenbach, whose officers responded to calls about the melee about 2 a.m. on Alte Amberger…

Competition: Flixbus will find the Baltic market difficult

Friday, February 14, 2020

Competitors believe Europe’s largest coach operator Flixbus will have a hard time on the Baltic market as international lines have to compete with cheap airline tickets. Operators have dialed back Tallinn-Berlin lines as they have not proved profitable. Flixbus founded Flixbus Estonia OÜ in December of last year. The company is run by Michal Jakub Leman and Nikolai Alexandrovic Voitiouk-Blum. Flixbus plans to launch long-distance lines from Tallinn to Central…

Lithuanian Director Romas Zabarauskas Completes The Lawyer

Friday, February 14, 2020

Lithuanian director Romas Zabarauskas has completed postproduction on his third feature film, the gay romantic drama The Lawyer / Advokatas, which was shot on location in Vilnius and Belgrade. Wide Management is handling the sales and will showcase the film at the European Film Market (20-27 February 2020) in Berlin. The Lawyer is a love story between two men – A Lithuanian lawyer (played by Eimutis Kvoščiauskas) and a Syrian refugee…

National Bolshevik Beness Aijo asks Putin to grant him political asylum

Friday, February 14, 2020

National Bolshevik activist Beness Aijo, who several years ago fled Latvia to join Kremlin-backed separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine, has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to grant him political asylum and said he has been released after a brief detention in Russia. In his statement to the press, written in Russian, Aijo says that Russian authorities have released him from custody. The activist attributes his release to support from the…

Eurostat: Which EU Countries have the Highest Marriage Rates?

Friday, February 14, 2020

In 2018, the European Union (EU) countries with the highest number of marriages relative to the population were Cyprus (7.8 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants), Romania (7.4), Lithuania (7.0) and Latvia (6.8). These were followed by Malta (5.8), Slovakia (5.7) and Denmark (5.6), Eurostat reported. In contrast, the lowest marriage rates were around 3 marriages per 1 000 inhabitants, which were reported in Luxembourg (3.1), Italy (3.2) and Portugal (3.4), followed by…