Posts tagged as illegal

Study says Latvians keen on illegal Internet torrents

Monday, June 29, 2020

Nearly every fifth inhabitant of Latvia uses torrents (illegal data streaming sites), revealed a survey conducted by the international Internet research and technology company Gemius,  and audit study, association On Legal Content  chair Dace Kotzeva said to Latvian Television June 29. She said that such a study had never been conducted before in Latvia. Funding was provided by the Ministry of Culture. The audit was conducted over February, March and April 2020.…

Lithuania’s banking and business reps detained in illegal lobbying probe

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Presidents of Lithuania’s major business and banking associations are suspected of illegal lobbying that may have affected bank taxing legislation. Valdas Sutkus, head of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (LVK), one of the country’s biggest business associations, and Mantas Zalatorius, head of the Lithuanian Banks Association (LBA) were detained on Tuesday. Four other unnamed businesspeople were also detained as part of an investigation into large-scale bribery, influence peddling and document forgery,…

Harmony party member detained for importing 15 tonnes of illegal vodka to Latvia

Saturday, July 6, 2019

On the night to 1 June, Latvia’s State Police intercepted approximately 15 tonnes of contraband vodka. Ex-Saeima deputy candidate from Harmony Ziedonis Apariņš has been detained. This man, together with once Riga City Council deputy Sandris Bergmanis and ex-Saeima deputy Andris Morozovs, founded Latvian Transport Association, according to information from LETA. State Police confirmed that a cargo 15 tonnes of contraband vodka lacking any excise tax labels was intercepted on…

Trump to Putin: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’

Friday, June 28, 2019

With a smirk and a finger point, President Donald Trump dryly told Russia’s Vladimir Putin “Don’t meddle in the election” in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded that Russia extensively interfered with the 2016 campaign. The tone of the president’s comment, which came after a reporter asked if he would warn Putin, was immediately open to interpretation. But it would seem to do little to silence questions about…

Illegal employment increased in Latvia last year

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) Professor Arnis Sauka said at a conference dedicated to shadow economy problems today, that there are between 15,000 to 20,000 persons employed illegally in Latvia at the moment, with about 60% of them employed in construction. Sauka said that business representatives have warned about this problems on many occasions, but politicians have not reacted much. ”We have already warned that with the…

Fight of the Latvian State Police against pirates of audiovisual content becomes more efficient

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In 2018, the State Police has initiated 11 criminal proceedings regarding illegal provision of audiovisual content, 3 criminal proceedings have been transferred for criminal prosecution, and one person has been convicted of illegal retranslation of television content, Mārtiņš Brižs, Deputy Head of Cybercrime Division of the Economic Crime Department /ENAP/ of the State Police, reported BC Iveta Balode from biedrība „Par legālu saturu!”. For the first time in Latvia, a…

Message to NATO: Don’t forget the Black Sea and the Balkans

By Stephen Blank on Monday, January 21, 2019

In February, NATO’s Defense Ministers will convene a ministerial conference and in April they will do so for Foreign Ministers. These meetings should reassess the importance of the Black Sea and the Balkans’ strategic importance, especially in light of recent events.  These events comprise the recent Kerch Strait incident, the revelations of Russian-backed coups in Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro, to prevent the governments in Podgorica and Skopje from joining NATO…

Latvian authorities detain Ukrainian citizen for illegally smuggling weapon parts

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

In November 2018, Latvia State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police sent a criminal process to Ludza District Prosecutor’s Office for commencement of criminal prosecution in regards to illegal carrying of weapon parts over the Latvian border. This month, customs officers at Terehova border checkpoint performed an in-depth inspection of a car driven by a Ukrainian citizen. The car entered Latvia from the Russian Federation. It was during the inspection…

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine appeal to Russia over Georgia

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine on Tuesday called on Russia to “reverse its illegal recognition of the so-called independence” of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. August 2008 saw a five-day war between Russia and Georgia. Several hundred people lost their lives as the result of the hostilities. On August 12, 2008, an EU-mediated six-point ceasefire agreement was signed by Georgia and Russia. Georgian regions of Abkhazia and…