Posts published in Day: September 23, 2020

No signs of Russian troops remaining in Belarus – Lithuanian minister

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A permanent deployment of Russian troops to Belarus would be a major challenge for Lithuania and NATO, but there are no signs of this happening yet, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Wednesday. “A permanent military presence of Russia, if such a decision were made, would be a big security challenge both for Lithuania and Poland, and for NATO as a whole […], but we don’t see any concrete…

More foreign students than expected in Latvia’s universities

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In some Latvian universities, the number of foreign students has decreased, whereas at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) it has increased,  Latvian Radio reported September 22. The proportion of foreign students in the “Turība” business university has so far been 25%-30% of the total number of students, with the highest number of people from India, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Georgia. Imants Bergs, the pro-rector of…

Lithuanian leaders, Tikhanovskaya condemn Lukashenko’s inauguration

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Lithuania does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate leader of Belarus, Lithuanian officials commented on reports about his inauguration in Minsk. Meanwhile, Svetlana Tikhanovkaya said the inauguration marked the official end of Lukashenko’s presidency. Belarusian state media reported on Wednesday that Lukashenko was sworn in as Belarusian president for a sixth term on Wednesday. The ceremony that was not previously announced took place at the Independence Palace in Minsk…

Experts: Latvia is prepared for possible migrant influx from Belarus

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Migration  policy makers told Latvian Radio September 23 that Latvia is preparing for likely influx of migrants from Belarus, where the political situation has intensified. Chairman of the Saeima Citizenship, Migration and Cohesion Commission, Ritvars Jansons (National Alliance) said that Latvia should now prepare for a flow of people from Belarus. This is one of the reasons why Latvia refused to take in migrants from the fire-devastated camp in Greece, Lesbos…

Road Safety week in Latvia ends in tragic accidents

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

European Road Police Network “ROADPOL Safety Days” have ended tragically in Latvia, as people have been injured and killed, said Juris Jančevskis, State Police representative, on Latvian Television September 23. ROADPOL Safety Days took place since last Wednesday throughout the European Union, with the aim to eliminate road accidents on European roads where people are killed and severely injured. There were 651 road accidents in Latvia during the week. 116 people were…

‘We should not be afraid of the truth,’ Lithuanian Jews say on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Lithuania marks the national Holocaust Remembrance Day. Miša Jakobas, an educator and member of the Jewish community in Lithuania, says that every country has its tragedies that it must talk about. September 23, 1943, was the day when the Nazis liquidated the Vilnius ghetto. The Holocaust resulted in the extermination of more than 90 percent of Lithuania’s 200,000-big Jewish community by the Nazis and their local collaborators. The…

Lithuania reports 2 deaths, 73 new coronavirus cases

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Seventy-three new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Tuesday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) has reported. Two more people died of Covid-19. Twelve of them were diagnosed in Šiauliai Hospital in northern Lithuania. Two more previously confirmed infections are linked to the cluster. Radviliškis Hospital, also in north Lithuania, remains the biggest coronavirus cluster in the country with seven new cases confirmed on Tuesday. In all, the hotspot…

Lithuania’s customs bust ingenious cigarette smuggling scheme

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Lithuania’s Customs Criminal Service uncovered a bold smuggling scheme, detaining four customs officers and seizing 2.5-million-euro worth of cigarettes. Lithuanian officers say smugglers employed a smart scheme that allowed trucks full of smuggled cigarettes to enter Lithuania by switching vehicles’ registration plates and documents. In the early morning on September 16, three trucks entered the Raigardas road checkpoint from Belarus one after another, one driven by a Belarusian citizens and…

Latvian and Lithuanian Foreign Ministers talk Baltic Bubble

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The so-called “Baltic bubble”, which no longer exists, will be restored sooner or later, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (“New Unity”) and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told Latvian Television September 22. In May, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia lifted restrictions on cross-border travel between the Baltic States, thus creating the so-called “Baltic bubble”. After COVID-19 incidence rate in Lithuania and Estonia grew, the bubble burst.  Estonia and Lithuania have decided to raise…

Are Belarusian Cyber-partisans from Lithuania?

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Belarusian Cyber-partisans again have made problem for the Lukashenko’s regime. They recently have attacked the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, United Payment and Information space (electronic system created for instant payment for goods or services) and published data of 1,000 law-enforcers online. But who are the Cyber-partisans? Obviously, they are not in Belarus now and work from the territory of another country. Some analytics suppose that these cyber-partisans attack…