Posts published in Day: July 23, 2020

Film “Blizzard of Souls” goes to UK and China

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Director Dzintars Dreibergs’ historical war drama “Blizzard of Souls” from July 24 will be shown in cinemas in 12 UK cities. The film is also included in the upcoming program of the Shanghai International Film Festival in late July, the filmmakers said July 22. In Britain, the international version of the film  Blizzard of Souls , titled T he Rifleman  (104 mins) will be viewed in Leeds, Bristol, London, Glasgow, etc. “The Rifleman  is an…

Lithuania grants asylum to Russian oil contamination suspect

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Lithuania has granted asylum to Roman Ruzhechko, a suspect in a Russian oil pipeline contamination probe, Lithuanian news website 15min.lt reported on Thursday. The Migration Department has confirmed that the former CEO of Samara terminal of Transneft, the Russian state-controlled oil pipeline monopoly, was granted asylum in March. Ruzhechko was arrested in Lithuania in the summer of 2019 after fleeing from criminal prosecution in his country. The court later released…

Fake news story alleges Lithuanian officer was captured spying in Poland

Thursday, July 23, 2020

A fake report about a Lithuanian military officer detained in Poland has been targeting Lithuania’s media outlets, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday. The report falsely claims that “Poland’s Internal Security Agency has detained Antanas K., an officer of the Lithuanian military, suspected of spying for Lithuania”. The Ministry of Defence says the announcement, which was sent out to Lithuanian media outlets from an email address apparently within Poland’s…

Litvaks testify in one of the last Nazi trials in Germany

Thursday, July 23, 2020

In one of the last cases of Nazi-era crimes in Germany, 93-year-old Bruno D., who served as an SS guard in the Stutthof concentration camp, has been handed a two-year suspended sentence. Two Litvaks who grew up in Lithuania testified against him. Bruno D. was charged with assisting 5,230 murders in the Stutthof camp. Some 40 survivors and relatives of those who died acted as co-plaintiffs in the case, Deutsche…

Tourism experts: shadow economy persists in accommodation

Thursday, July 23, 2020

This summer, with increased demand for local accommodation, tourism industry experts told Latvian Radio July 23 that there is a problem with illegal market and no solution has yet been found. Looking at the news feed of Facebook this summer, it appears that the stream of accommodation offers is endless – from campsites and guesthouses to private apartments and houses. Tourism industry experts said on an interview with Latvian Radio that while there…

Atea Global Services wins fair trade award

Thursday, July 23, 2020

On 22 July 2020, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, presented the Sustainability Index Fair Trade Award to a company, Atea Global Services , for building its business and relations with employees, suppliers and partners on the basis of respect, integrity and sustainability. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the award for the sixth consecutive year. Atea Global Services is part of the Atea Group – a leading Nordic IT…

Lithuania rolls out 2021 Olympic wear

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Lithuanian National Olympic Committee (LTOK) has presented the uniforms the country’s athletes will be wearing at the Tokyo Olympic Games next year. The uniforms, designed by the Lithuanian designer Oksana Ragauskienė, have been made by the Polish company 4F which replaced the previous supplier, Lithuania’s Audimas. If it were not for the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Games would kick off this Friday, July 24. However, the event was moved…

Road freight transport down by 30%

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Road Transport Administration said July 23 that road freight transport has decreased by 30% in the first half of 2020, though the number of licensed road transport companies has grown by 9.3%. There are currently 6026 licensed companies in Latvia, which deal with cargo and passenger transport, which is 9.3% more than last year. Despite an increase in the number of companies, the total volume of road freight and passenger…

Lithuania’s e-health system remains down

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Lithuania’s e-health services have yet to be restored two days after coming down due to a flooded server room. Heavy rain on Monday evening caused a burst pipe in the Centre of Registers which houses servers for a number of public data systems. Doctors have not been able to issue electronic drug prescriptions and pharmacies were barred from servicing them for over two days, while the Centre of Registers has…

RT ban in Latvia leads to international exchanges

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The decisions of Latvia’s media regulators to act against Russian propaganda channels have caused a counter-reaction from the channel RT (formerly named Russia Today), Latvian Television reported July 22. The pro-Kremlin channel  RT   has distributed statements from the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB), which criticizes the actions of Latvia and Lithuania in banning propaganda channels. Meanwhile, media experts in Latvia are calling for the regulator to explain itself more clearly in the international arena. The National…