Posts published in Day: June 13, 2020

Several persons detained in ABLV Bank searches

Saturday, June 13, 2020

On Saturday, June 13, one of the largest searches in Latvia’s history took place in ABLV Bank-related addresses, Latvian Television reported on June 13. Searches and procedural activities were carried out at 45 bank-related addresses. Around 300 law enforcement officials participated. The searches took place within the framework of a process directed by the Office for the Prevention of Economic Crimes (ENAP). Officials of the State Police confirmed that “the State Police, in the criminal proceedings of…

Stumbling stones. Ilgovskis brothers, the developer tycoons of interwar Kaunas

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Stumbling Stones, a series of stories by LRT RADIO, pays tribute to some of the most accomplished Litvaks born in Lithuania. The twin brothers Dovydas Ilgovskis and Gedalis Ilgovskis were the biggest construction tycoons of interwar Lithuania. The company they founded in 1921 built some of the most iconic buildings in Kaunas, the then capital of Lithuania, and across the country. The two Ilgovskis were so influential that the Kaunas…

One more case, one more death from COVID-19 in Latvia

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Latvia recorded one more case of COVID-19 on June 13, increasing the total number of cases from 1,096 on Friday to 1,097 on Saturday. One more fatality was also recorded. The victim was aged 70 to 75 with various chronic illnesses. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,392 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 126,054 tests have been carried out since…

130 countries sign up to “infodemic” pledge

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Acting on an initiative inspired by Latvia, 130 countries of the United Nations Organization (UN) on June 12 delivered a cross-regional statement on countering widespread disinformation — the neologism “infodemic” is used to describe it — in the context of the COVID-19 health crisis. Latvia is one of the co-authors of the text alongside Australia, Chile, France, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Senegal and South Africa.  The statement points to the role…

One more coronavirus death adds to total of 28

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Latvia recorded 1 more case of COVID-19 on June 13, increasing the total number of cases from 1,096 on Friday to 1,097 on Saturday. One more fatality was recorded. The victim was aged 70 to 75 with various chronic illnesses. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,392 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 126,054 tests have been carried out since…

Poll: party rankings remain the same in Latvia

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The state of emergency has not had a positive impact on the popularity of political parties, Latvian Television reported on June 12. According to a survey conducted by research center SKDS at the end of May, if Saeima elections were to take place now, nearly half of participants admitted that they either did not know who to vote for or they would not participate in the elections. From the government…

Lithuania eyes Estonia’s online voting experience as elections loom

Saturday, June 13, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic having brought public health concerns to the fore, Lithuania is returning to debates about online voting. While Estonia has had the option since 2005, it is not a matter of copy-pasting for its Baltic neighbour. If the voting system doesn’t adapt to post-corona challenges, “the risk is a historically low turnout, a weaker governing mandate and a less healthy democracy,” said Rimvydas Baltaduonis, a representative of…

Crisis brings change to commercial property market in Riga

Saturday, June 13, 2020

A new trend in the commercial property market has emerged in Riga during the crisis: owners offer temporary discounts to tenants, Latvian Radio reported on June 12. Rental price adjustments are mostly set for a certain period of time. Tenant migration has started, as renters look for best offers. Artūrs Obrickis, representative of “Immostate” investment and commercial property company, said that owners of large spaces and those with multiple office centers…

Survey: party rankings remain same in Latvia

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The state of emergency has not had a positive impact on the popularity of political parties, Latvian Television reported on June 12. According to a survey conducted by research center SKDS at the end of May, if Saeima elections were to take place now, nearly half of participants admitted that they either did not know who to vote for or they would not participate in the elections. From the government…