Posts tagged as crackdown

Latvian police played leading role in US cybercrime crackdown

Friday, October 16, 2020

Latvian Police played a leading role in a major international operation to break a large-scale organized cybercrime ring. The news came via the United States Department of Justice which said in an October 15  release that raids across the globe had targeted a multi-million money-laundering operation by a group dubbed ”QQAAZZ”, which had strong links to Latvia. “Fourteen members of the transnational criminal organization, QQAAZZ, were charged by a federal grand…

Baltic, Polish presidents call on Belarus authorities to end violent crackdown

Friday, August 14, 2020

The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland have issued a joint declaration calling on the Belarusian authorities to end violence against the country’s citizens, the Lithuanian presidential office said on Thursday. “We urge to stop violence and call for respect of fundamental freedoms, human and citizen rights including the freedom of speech, media, assembly and safety of journalists; urgently release all detained protesters, stop further persecution; immediately initiate a…

The sorry state of EU’s engagement with Belarus needs to change – opinion

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Rigged elections and crackdown on opposition is something we have seen in Belarus before, but this time it has to different, argues Arnoldas Pranckevičius. As Europe’s attention is back on Belarus after this weekend’s shamefully and brutally rigged presidential election, I can’t but revisit the complicated and frustrated path of the EU’s relations with this important neighbouring country. I happened to have been watching this relationship very closely for 11…

Lithuania to consider sanctions against Belarus over opposition crackdown

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government will consider blacklisting Belarusian officials for their role in the crackdown on the opposition and the media, Foreign Minister Linas Linekvičius said on Friday. The minister was commenting on a call by Gediminas Kirkilas, member of the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, and Gabrielius Landsbergis, the parliamentary opposition leader, to bar those responsible for the ongoing repressions in Belarus from entering Lithuania under the so-called Magnitsky law. Linkevičius described…

Kidnappings and assaults in Belarus. Inside Lukashenko’s crackdown on independent voices

By Dzmitry Mitskevich on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Never a free media-friendly country, Belarus is intensifying crackdowns on reporters in the run-up to presidential election. Belsat TV journalist Dzmitry Mitskevich experienced it firsthand. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region. June 10, 2020, 18:43. Two men approach a car parked in a narrow street near Hrodna city centre. Behind them, eight young men follow. The men surround the car shouting “Police!”, as…

LIthuanian MEP warns of sanctions on Belarus if crackdown continues

Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Lithuanian MEP co-signed a letter condemning the ongoing crackdown on the opposition in Belarus, and warned that Brussels may slap sanctions on Lukashenko’s regime if the detentions of independent presidential candidates and protesters continue. “We will see no other option but to seek for a review of the European Union’s policy towards Belarus, including new sanctions targeting the officials responsible for these actions,” according to a  statement   released…

MEPs to call on Russia to stop prosecution of Lithuanian judges in 1991 crackdown case

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The European Parliament is expected to pass on Thursday a resolution calling on Russia to drop its criminal case against Lithuanian prosecutors and judges involved in the January 1991 crackdown case. The resolution was sought by Lithuanian politicians. The draft document “calls on the public authorities of the Russian Federation to terminate the criminal proceedings initiated against the Lithuanian prosecutors, investigators and judges in the 13 January case”. It calls…

Christian family details crackdown on church in China

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. He and his 23-year-old daughter, Ren Ruiting, described living under constant surveillance for the past seven months after…