Posts tagged as Vilnius

Lithuanian neo-Nazi receives 28-month sentence for attempting terror attack

Friday, September 18, 2020

A 21-year-old Lithuanian man was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for attempting a terrorist act in Vilnius. Gediminas Beržinskas was arrested last October before he could detonate a home-made explosive outside the offices of Western Union. According to law enforcement, Beržinskas affiliates himself with the far-right extremist group Feuerkrieg Division. Judge Jurgita Macionytė said Vilnius Regional Court found Beržinskas guilty of plotting a terror act, illegal…

Direct train to connect Vilnius with Warsaw next year

Thursday, September 17, 2020

A new train connection between Vilnius and Warsaw will start operating next year, the Lithuanian rail operator announced on Thursday. The countries’ state rail companies, Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (LTG) and Polskie Koleje Państwowe (PKP), agreed to roll out a passenger service in the second quarter of 2021 and also begin joint freight operations. The journey between Vilnius and Warsaw should take around eight hours, according to LTG. The deal was signed…

Coronavirus update: 51 new cases, Vilnius school to switch to remote teaching

Monday, September 14, 2020

Lithuania diagnosed 51 new coronavirus cases over Sunday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Monday morning. It is the highest daily increase since mid-April, save for 53 new cases reported last Saturday. Three of the new infections have been linked to foreign travel. Two people in Vilnius County tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from Spain and Latvia, while one person in Kaunas traveled from Finland. Six cases…

Activist Latushko: Views of neighbours matter to Belarusians

Friday, September 4, 2020

The views of neighbours matter a lot to Belarusians, Pavel Latushko, from the presidium of the Belarusian opposition’s Coordination Council, said in Vilnius on Friday. Latushko said his trips to Poland and Lithuania were aimed at providing first-hand information about the developments in Belarus. “As a member of the presidium of the Coordinating Council, which was practically formed at Belarusian society’s initiative, I have the goal of informing you about…

Norwegian PM to meet with Tikhanovskaya in Vilnius

Friday, September 4, 2020

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is coming to Vilnius next week to meet with Lithuanian leaders and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the exiled Belarusian presidential candidate. Previously, Solberg told the Norwegian publication VG she expected to meet with Tikhanovskaya to get her views on how the international community can contribute to solving the crisis in Belarus. “Crowds of people on the streets of Minsk and other Belarusian cities show how people want…

Vilnius dismantles controversial ‘Open Beach’ on central square

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A municipal company has started dismantling works at the improvised Open Beach in Vilnius which has attracted considerable controversy. The so-called Open Beach on Lukiškių Square, complete with 300 cubic metres of sand, was opened in June. The city authorities then said it was a gift to the city’s residents who may have had to cancel their vacation trips due to the coronavirus. However, the initiative caused outrage among some…

Tikhanovskaya in Vilnius: Crimea is a divisive issue in Belarus

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

When there is a new free and fair election in Belarus, its discredited leader Alexander Lukashenko will not have the moral right to run, former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in an interview on LRT TV. She also announced plans to form a transitional government and explained her position on Crimea.  What must happen in Belarus to make it possible to hold free elections? The most important condition before holding…

Neo-Nazi admits to plotting terror attacks in Lithuanian capital

Monday, August 31, 2020

Gediminas Beržinska, a 21-year-old man who affiliates himself with a neo-Nazi group, admitted on Monday to attempting a terror attack. Beržinskas also said he would have plotted more attacks if he wasn’t arrested. “Yes, absolutely,” he told Vilnius Regional Court which opened his case on Monday. The man said he first became interested in Nazism when he was 12-years-old. He took an interest in explosives two years later and would…

Vilnius launches Roma integration programme – focus on reducing stigma, improving education

Monday, August 31, 2020

Vilnius Council on August 26 approved a new Roma integration programme for 2020–2023, according to a press release. Vilnius authorities have recently demolished a Roma settlement, taboras, on the outskirts of the city. According to Vytautas Mitalas, deputy mayor, Vilnius will now “focus on various integration [initiatives] with education being the centre of attention”. The taboras in Kirtimai, on the southern outskirts of Vilnius, used to be home to over…