Posts published in Day: September 21, 2020

FinCEN leaks in Baltics: Latvia exposed as ‘high-risk jurisdiction’

Monday, September 21, 2020

The leaked suspicious activity reports written by US-based banks to the country’s financial crime investigators reveal that Latvia was considered a high-risk jurisdiction for years. A large trove of documents has been leaked, revealing global transactions, including those flowing through Latvia, that the US-based banks flagged as suspicious to its supervisor. The documents expose that the US banks eyed with suspicion transactions totalling at least $7.6 billions wired through Latvian…

US billionaire and Clinton campaign donor arrested in Lithuania

Monday, September 21, 2020

US billionaire Ahmad ‘Andy’ Khawaja was arrested by Lithuanian law-enforcement officials in Vilnius on September 3, 15min.lt reported on Monday. US officials accuse Khawaja, who holds Lebanese and American passports, of illegally transferring 3.5 billion euros to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, but the man says he is being persecuted because he has compromising information about President Donald Trump. The businessman is married to a Lithuanian woman and has an…

Lukashenko’s bluff pushing Lithuanian businesses out of Belarus

Monday, September 21, 2020

While Lithuanian businesses in Belarus took the threat by Alexander Lukashenko to close the borders as a bluff, the uncertainty has been affecting their work and they are now considering moving to Lithuania. “We are tired of constant uncertainty in Belarus,” said Jurgis Adomavičius, head of the customs mediation company Monolit Prom Invest in Belarus According to the businessman, the Belarusian government often issues orders hastily, so the possibility of…

Riga Sprats in oil: the Chekists pay, the fascists play

By Armands Puče on Monday, September 21, 2020

The beneficiary has made another payment to the KGB officer, so he can proudly continue his project – the one that political experts call soft power, philologists call a team, archeologists call a Soviet era artifact and venereal disease doctors call an unexplainable transmissive phenomenon that has nothing to do with ideological beliefs. The pro-Kremlin soft power project – ice hockey team Dinamo Riga have a new coach and new uniforms, but this doesn’t…

Lithuania to ban city festivals, mass-test hospital patients

Monday, September 21, 2020

Responding to a recent spike in coronavirus infections, the Lithuanian government said it would ban mass gatherings, such as city or harvest festivals. “As of October 1, we intend not to allow mass gatherings of people, such as town or harvest festivals where it is especially difficult to ensure and monitor compliance with safety requirements,” Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis posted on Facebook after a meeting of the government’s Covid-19 crisis…

By not letting go of power, Lukashenko has brought Belarus to the brink of collapse

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, September 21, 2020

For some time, there was really nothing new to write about regarding the events in Belarus. The people continued their peaceful protests against the fraudulent presidential election, Lukashenko continued lying and law enforcement continued demonstrating that they are in good physical condition and know how to employ special equipment. The fact that at times well-prepared burly men used force against women and children is just a small detail, or –…

Sixty-nine Belarusians flee to Lithuania after repressions

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuania has granted permissions to 262 Belarusian nationals to come to the country on humanitarian grounds, according to the Interior Ministry. So far, 69 of them have arrived in the country. Another 18 people from Belarus have applied for asylum in Lithuania. While travel from Belarus to Lithuania is restricted due to the coronavirus, Belarusians can seek entry “on special humanitarian grounds” since mid-August, after the Belarusian government unleashed a…

Arrivals from Georgia, Sweden, Norway required to self-isolate in Lithuania

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuania’s Health Ministry has published an updated list of coronavirus-affected countries. As of Monday, travellers arriving in Lithuania from Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, Georgia, Canada, Tunisia, and the Faroe Islands will also be required to self-isolate. In all, arrivals from 20 EU countries are now required to provide a prior Covid-19 test and to self-isolate for two weeks once in the country. Under the current rules, non-residents coming to Lithuania from…

Belarusians come to Lithuania on humanitarian exception

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuania has granted permissions to 262 Belarusian nationals to come to the country on humanitarian grounds, according to the Interior Ministry. So far, 69 of them have arrived in the country. Another 18 people from Belarus have applied for asylum in Lithuania. While travel from Belarus to Lithuania is restricted due to the coronavirus, Belarusians can seek entry “on special humanitarian grounds” since mid-August, after the Belarusian government unleashed a…

State Auditor looks at shortcomings at Prosecutor’s Office in Latvia

Monday, September 21, 2020

The State Audit Office (VK) is conducting a repeated audit of criminal investigation processes at the Prosecutor’s Office, Latvian Radio reported September 21. It is no secret that pre-trial investigations last very long, and findings of the previous audit highlighted a large number of cases closed due to period of limitation. VK is carrying out the audit to assess how effectively resources are used in crime investigation. The audit shall be concluded…