Posts published in Baltic states

The Government approved – three new military bases will be built by Public-Private Partnership method

Saturday, December 22, 2018

On December 19 the Government of the Republic of Lithuania agreed to the plans of the Ministry of National Defence to build three new military bases over the next several years through Public-Private Partnership (PPP). This is going to be the first time a National Defence System procurement is conducted by the PPP method. “With this complex and long-term project the Ministry of National Defence begins a completely new stage…

The ghost of hostile foreign intelligence and spies shadow Lithuania’s Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas is around the corner, however not the merriest annual holiday, but the topic of secret services and spies prevails the Lithuanian media ahead of the celebration. Lithuania’s law enforcement on Wednesday, December 19, announced it busted a «whole network of persons», including Algirdas Paleckis, the former leader of Lithuania’s Socialist People’s Front, spying for Russia. Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis did not reveal the exact number of detainees, just mentioned Paleckis…

Lithuanians pay more for some food products online than other Europeans, survey finds

Friday, December 21, 2018

Lithuanians pay much more to buy some food products online than shoppers in other EU countries, according to a price comparison survey commissioned by the Justice Ministry and the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority writes LETA/BNS. “If we compare multinational brands sold in EU countries, Lithuania is not a cheap country,” Deputy Justice Minister Irma Gudziunaite said as she presented the results of the survey. “Our prices for the majority of popular…

Lithuania considers freezing assets of individuals from Magnitsky list

Friday, December 21, 2018

Russian officials will soon not be able to conduct their financial and economic activities in Lithuania. According to Delfi, the Lithuanian government is preparing a bill that will not only limit the cash flow of people who are on the Magnitsky list, but also, they will not be able to enter Lithuania. Opposition conservatives and liberals launched this initiative. They have already submitted their vision of the project, but the government has not…

Activities related to terrorism now added to list of crimes in Estonia

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Riigikogu adopted a government bill on Wednesday that makes training as well as travel for the purpose of joining a terrorist organisation or committing an act of terrorism a crime. The same bill also adds the organisation, funding and support of terrorism to Estonia’s list of crimes. The new law transposes a directive of the European Union to the effect into Estonian law. The bill also brings Estonian legislation…

Local democracy under threat in Latvia

Friday, December 21, 2018

The PES is deeply concerned about the attempts of government members in Latvia to dismiss elected local representatives in the country. A new law, which is currently under discussion, will allow the government to replace the democratically elected mayor of Riga and the current city council with a caretaking administration until possible snap elections in May. The attempt to suspend the democratically elected city council comes at a moment when…

Website with part of KGB archive in Latvia launched

Friday, December 21, 2018

Today, a part of the Latvian archive of the former Soviet secret service KGB was made available to the public at kgb.arhivi.lv. The KGB documents published on the website include alphabetic and statistical card indexes, recruited KGB agents’ dossiers, KGB employees’ phonebooks containing information on KGB employees, as well as materials on the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Latvia. The batches of KGB documents published today on…

US Army criminals are on the way to the Baltic States

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, December 21, 2018

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) investigates hundreds of crimes of American soldiers per month. Such statistics leads people to fear. It is alarming that these soldiers and officers are going to the Baltic states to protect local residents. However, everything can happen the other way around and residents of these countries may face reality already today. Here is a small part of the crimes of the American soldiers and…

Samba music and kettlebells: Santa Claus visits the Riigikogu

Thursday, December 20, 2018

According to tradition, Santa Claus paid a visit to the Riigikogu during its final sitting of the calendar year, sharing banter and gifts alike with the Estonian MPs. As in recent years, some MPs recognised the man behind the beard as Gaute Kivistik, alias Rohke Debelakk. Members of the Board of the Riigikogu were all given medals, while parliamentary groups each received a topical gift. Santa Claus presented the opposition…

The ghost of hostile foreign intelligence and spies shadow Lithuania’s Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas is around the corner, however not the merriest annual holiday, but the topic of secret services and spies prevails the Lithuanian media ahead of the celebration. Lithuania’s law enforcement on Wednesday, December 19, announced it busted a «whole network of persons», including Algirdas Paleckis, the former leader of Lithuania’s Socialist People’s Front, spying for Russia. Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis did not reveal the exact number of detainees, just mentioned Paleckis…