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  • 10,000 sign marijuana legalisation petition, now eligible for parliament submission
    www manabalss lv on January 23 2012 and by the beginning of this month about 9 400 people had signed the petition A disproportionately large number of signatures about 250 were collected yesterday Aris Abele the person behind the initiative believes that people of legal age should be permitted to grow possess and smoke small amounts of marijuana according to their individual needs Latvian Association of Addiction Psychiatrists representative Ilze Maksima believes that the initiative is inappropriate and adds that it is a determined attempt by sick people to legalise their addiction Meanwhile Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis Unity pointed out that any discussion or speculation regarding the decriminalisation of marijuana is pointless as such an action could only take place by amending the Constitution Marijuana users constituted 0 8 percent of Latvia s working age population in 2011 according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center s data Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996

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  • WTO Director-General: Latvia can be inspiration to Eastern Partnership
    cooperation with Central Asian countries were one of the main priorities of Latvia s foreign policy As a result of the mutual sanctions between the EU and Russia the popular opinion of Latvia being a transit country has been changing he added Azevedo enquired about Latvia s vision of the Eastern Partnership countries noting that Latvia could serve as a source of inspiration for each of these countries regarding the implementation of the principles of democracy doing consistent work in various international organizations and observing the rule of law Small countries with small domestic markets and diversified exports benefit greatly from WTO membership Azevedo said Berzins agreed with Azevedo adding that Latvia as a WTO member has always striven for constructive solutions Azevedo said Latvia was a reliable partner and goal oriented member of the WTO said Azevedo thanking Berzins for Latvia s support for the WTO s efforts Azevedo also said he hoped that recent developments at the WTO would pave the way to more productive talks about trade liberalisation in the future There are currently six members of the Eastern Partnership initiative all of which were formerly part of the Soviet Union Ukraine Belarus Moldova Armenia Georgia and Azerbaijan Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and

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  • Savisaar remains in critical condition, has leg amputated
    less than a centimetre long The source of the bacteria is not known He developed sepsis requiring an operation to be quickly performed On Thursday one operation was performed that was successful but before long the situation worsened again Postimees Online writes Peep Talving a visiting professor of emergency surgery at Tartu University Hospital explained that the cause of the infection was streptococcus or so called flesh eating bacteria Savisaar had toxic shock syndrome which is why a number of his organs havebeen seriously damaged including the kidneys Doctors forecast that Savisaar will need surgery again tomorrow possibly earlier if his condition worsens Dr Starkopf stated that the patient is not in an artificial coma as has been reported in the press but under anaesthetic which helps him to better tolerate the treatment related medical equipment The family gave consent to reveal his medical history Savisaar has been mayor of Estonia s capital city since 2007 and also served as mayor between 2001 and 2004 He is also the chairman of the Centre Party which earned the second largest number of votes in the Estonian parliamentary elections this month and is currently the country s largest opposition party Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling

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  • Director of Lithuania's Financial Crime Investigation Service to undergo polygraph test
    to be tested regardless because the interior minister fancied so The FNTT s director welcomed the fact that the test will be carried out by the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence and hoped that this would mean a more objective approach as it is not subordinate to the interior ministry Jucevicius was unable to answer when the test would be performed because he had not been informed yet Since November it has been publicly stated that repeated investigations have been launched against me but no action has been taken yet Therefore it would be best to close the issue at some point and not to hinder work said the director As reported Interior Minister Skvernelis ordered to an official inquiry to be carried out into the director of the FNTT over his suitability to hold office and alleged corruption The director was suspected to have demanded a large bribe but allegations were retracted due to the lack of evidence Nonetheless an official inquiry was launched over the director s eligibility to hold office Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic

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  • NATO jets detect six Russian military aircraft close to Latvian territorial waters
    there have been cases of several military units being detected simultaneously Russian military units have been detected 24 times near Latvian territorial waters so far this year according to information provided by the Latvian National Armed Forces There was also a significant increase in Russian military activity near Latvia last year Russian military aircraft and ships were detected over 250 times near Latvia s borders last year including in 50 cases Russian warships approaching Latvia s borders Russian military aircraft usually operate with their automatic transponders turned off and without a flight plan refusing to respond to civilian air traffic controllers and thus posing a potential threat to civilian air traffic Last week Russia concluded a large scale military exercise involving 80 000 soldiers Meanwhile an international U S led military exercise Summer Shield XII began at the Adazi military base in northern Latvia A column of more than 40 military units including 20 Stryker armored vehicles also passed through Latvia last weekend Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural

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  • Mayor of Tallinn in critical condition in hospital
    the leader of Estonia s largest opposition party the Centre Party is in an artificial coma and underwent surgery yesterday Centre Party spokesman Taavi Pukk said that Savisaar is suffering from a serious infectious disease but did not give any further specifics While his state has remained critical overnight the doctors have identified the cause of the disease allowing them to direct treatment much more effectively Pukk said While Savisaar is in hospital the duties of the mayor of Tallinn are being performed by deputy mayor Kalle Klandorf and the Centre Party is managed and represented by vice chairpersons Enn Eesmaa and Kadri Simson The last time the 64 year old Savisaar who recently returned from a business trip to Thailand was seen in public was on Tuesday at the funeral ceremony of the legendary Estonian theatre director and comedian Eino Baskin Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The

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  • Lies must be revealed: Lithuanian President on Russian propaganda
    out by Russia and to ensure the security of the European public sphere Information security will be addressed on the initiative of Lithuania and other Baltic States For the first time Europe has collectively stated that Russia is carrying out open disinformation against the EU and of course against Ukraine Grybauskaite told the journalists after arriving at a meeting of the European Council on Thursday afternoon According to the Lithuanian president both disinformation and propaganda have to first be identified and then eradicated Grybauskaite said people should be informed what disinformation is and afterwards it should be eliminated or a positive information campaign implemented This should reach everyone both residents of Lithuania and Europe because single sided disinformation and lies have to be exposed When asked if she had in mind the creation of a TV channel in Russian for Russian speaking audiences the president replied that there are many measures that may be employed According to Grybauskaite Lithuania will do what it can a Russian language channel and programming will be considered while the public broadcaster will have to undertake certain responsibilities in exposing disinformation Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet

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  • Estonian-Russian border agreement sent to Russian Duma for ratification
    borders at Narva and the Gulf of Finland the third treaty signed concerned the conditions of the location of the embassies The Riigikogu completed the first reading of the border agreement in April last year The parliament s Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Marko Mihkelson said at that time that the Riigikogu will hold the final vote on the border agreements only when Russia has reached the same stage Negotiations on the border had been in process since Estonia first regained its independence in 1991 The process has been delayed by disagreements regarding the Treaty of Tartu signed after the Estonian War of Independence in 1920 which set out Estonia s territory including a number of areas transferred to Russia during the Soviet period such as Jaanilinn now Ivangorod across the river from Narva and the town of Petseri now Pechory Estonia dropped its territorial claims to these areas in 1995 but continued to cite the document in the proposed border agreement ERR writes that according to the border agreement under consideration 128 6 hectares of land and 11 4 square kilometres of land will be exchanged between the two countries while Estonia will receive a small area of land near the village of Varska in Polva County through which a road runs connecting two Estonian villages at present the Estonians are allowed to drive along the part of the road that passes through Russian territory but not to stop their car or go by foot Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine

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