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    Russian Belarusian opposition activists to launch TV channel in Estonia Belarusian and Russian opposition leaders are to launch a Russian language television channel based in Estonia to combat Kremlin propaganda thro Read More Latvian citizen accused of hacking will go to US to stand trial Deniss Calovskis a Latvian citizen accused of cyber crimes has decided to voluntarily go to the United States to stand trial 1 Read More Lithuania FM on sanctions extensions EU has maintained solidarity and decency After convening for an extraordinary session yesterday the EU Foreign Affairs Council has decided to extend current sanctions against Moscow F Read More Latvian bill proposes restitution of formerly Jewish owned properties The Saeima the Latvian Parliament yesterday forwarded several draft bills to committees proposing the restitution of five formerly Jewish owne Read More German Erasmus Student reported missing in Riga German Erasmus student Stephan Engelbrecht was reported missing in Riga this week the University of Stuttgart informs 13 Read More Latvian Security Police investigate Latgale People s Republic internet pictures The Latvian Security Police have begun a probe into a picture circulating on the Internet that appears to promote the idea of a Latgal Read More Estonian state energy company signs contract with Lithuanian gas suppliers On Tuesday Estonia s state owned energy company Eesti Energia signed a contract with Lithuanian company Litgas who manage the Klaipeda LNG Read More Previous 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login 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

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  • Defence experts: snap military drills could be prelude to Russian assault on Baltics
    conduct snap exercises Hurt says According to him a relaxed European attitude about increased Russian military activity would be extremely dangerous for the democratic governments of Europe and particularly for Estonia Latvia and Lithuania A realistic scenario against the Baltics would be a normal Russian snap exercise that without notice turns into a quick assault on one or several of the Baltic states capitals Such an attack would have greater probability of success than the hybrid scenario we saw in Crimea Hurt adds A decisive move by Putin assuming that the weak leaders of Europe will not react quickly and avoid escalation is a possible scenario Hurt adds highlighting that the higher readiness NATO forces have the better it is for the democratic part of Europe The Baltic States have since regaining independence always considered Russia to be the major existential threat to their independence Hurt says This is the logical result of our historic experience Thus our armed forces have had to assume that the most likely enemy they will have to face is Russia and its armed forces According to Hurt the real deterrence for Russia comes from the fact that all three nations belong to NATO which recently reinforced facilities in the Baltics and other eastern European countries but Hurt insists additional forces must also be put in place to repel any potential security threats The Baltic ministries of defence confirmed that snap military drills had been observed while the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense said they had also seen other pro Russian efforts intensify within the country We have seen increased Russian military activity in the vicinity of the alliance over the past months Snap military drills are part of these activities together with frequent military overflights naval exercises in the Baltic Sea and endless anti NATO propaganda in the Russian state media a spokesperson for the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense says She highlighted that the prospect of more snap drills was nothing new and that Russian military drills may indeed work in tandem with a military strategy saying Russia may also use such snap military drills as a cover for redeployment of their military units to for example Russian Ukrainian border When asked about the possibility of a similar push towards the Baltics the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense said We can t exclude this scenario of redeployment towards our borders Andres Vosman the head of the policy planning department at the Estonian Ministry of Defense draws another parallel with the Ukrainian crisis Let s remember that the aggression against Crimea also started out of another snap exercise so we ought to stay vigilant he says We question the necessity scale and frequency of these snap exercises all of which obviously necessitates increased NATO attention 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

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  • Russia bullies Sweden and Sweden blinks
    Stockholm Viktor Tatarintsev It wasn t the meeting that was extraordinary it was Tatarintsev s demands But first a bit of background during an upcoming military exercise this spring in the Baltic Sea Swedish aviators will join Finnish and American colleagues in practicing the defense of regional airspace An exercise involving the Swedish Finnish and American air forces is a logical response to Russia s growing military activities in the skies above the Baltic Sea and its neighboring countries the Baltic states only have minimal air force capabilities whereas Sweden and Finland s air forces are at least in theory able to hold their own against intruders It makes sense to practice together and to be joined by the United States which the Baltic states consider their protector This article has been brought to the Baltic Times in association with World Affairs Journal Read the rest of the article here on the World Affairs Journal website Comments Related Articles Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris 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 Baltic Times continues

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  • No ice roads in Estonia this winter
    the plan Postimees Online reports This year the Highways Board made preparations only for the 3 5 km ice road between Haapsalu and the Noarootsi peninsula but it is now clear due to the weather that this road will not be opened either The weather does not allow the opening of ice roads anymore and it is the end of February already explained Highways Board spokeswoman Mari Jaana Adams The Highways Board had no plans for ice roads elsewhere in Estonia either For example there was clear water between the mainland and West Estonian islands all winter Last year there were two official ice roads from Estonia s mainland to Noarootsi Peninsula and Vormsi island as well as between the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa 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 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 Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of

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  • New Russian news service looks for journalists in Latvia, Estonia
    their activities on the radio and Internet Sputnik representatives visited Latvia about two weeks ago and invited several Russian speaking journalists and media leaders to collaborate with their work A number of journalists who were approached by Sputnik were told that they would not have to be engaged in propaganda while others revealed that Sputnik wished to represent Russia s official take on global events Sputnik is offering local journalists higher salaries and better social guarantees than the local mass media Journalists in Estonia have also received letters from Sputnik inviting them to work for the news service The letter stated that Sputnik plans to open a representative office here and do radio and television and now they are investigating what Estonian language and Russian language journalists there are with whom they could collaborate said Postimees Russian staff manager Jevgenia Värä She said that they are not interested in cooperation Russian Delfi editor in chief Julia Rodina also received a letter asking her help to find potential cooperation partners She added that this letter did not contain any direct job offers Sputnik is part of the Russian state information agency Rossiya Segodnya headed by the controversial Dmitry Kiselyov Due to his propaganda activities Kiselyov has been included on the European Union s list of people affected by sanctions 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

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  • Hypocritical and cynical: Estonia locks up Galojan
    not have done so if allowed to But the background is intriguing Galojan was a political activist and member of the Reform Party the current governing party of Estonia She fell foul of the leaders when she started exposing corruption and bribery when she became the Director of the European Estonian Movement She was warned to keep her head down and her mouth shut but she did not And in the fine Soviet tradition she was then denounced in the press subsequently charged with fraud of around 60 000 euros and duly convicted in 2012 She was not permitted to call any witnesses in her defence trial in Tallinn In her book How I Lost a Million a bestseller in Estonia she exposed the corruption in her former party naming three former Ministers of Justice as taking or receiving bribes She was never sued for these revelations and never will be The current Minister of Justice wanted to be involved in a business venture with her some years earlier but was thwarted when he asked for a pay off in excess of one million euros She has always asserted that her trial and conviction was political and evidence abounds to support this So why has it taken them so long and taken so much effort to pursue a young woman who has been fighting for her principles and freedom since she was first charged at the age of twenty four some nine years ago The answer has to be endemic corruption within the Reform Party and spite The rulers of the Reform Party government and their coalition lackeys are all former Soviet Commissars so the Party can never be wrong and the transgressors who fall foul of the party are punished In the case of Anna Maria they have replaced

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  • TBT appoints Halloran to run London Bureau
    chief investigative reporter for Private Eye from 1980 until 1992 and has since freelanced for a variety of UK and international media outlets Halloran will report from London on matters concerning the three Baltic States We re excited to have Halloran on board says TBT publisher Gene Zolotarev Halloran s experience and skills will undoubtedly help bring The Baltic Times to the forefront of investigative journalism in the Baltics Comments Related Articles Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles 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 Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news analysis and commentaries provide readers with insight

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  • Large numbers change official place of residence ahead of Lithuanian local elections
    districts mentioned before He claimed that residents fill in and submit special forms to the electoral commission but afterwards they are listed in electoral registers of another district What is more Linge said that in some cases dozens of voters are registered at a single address Simas Simanauskas head of the civic initiative Baltos Pirstines White Gloves says that this time around people have been informing them about election violations more often For example a week before the most recent presidential and European Parliament elections there had only been merely three reports about violations Now however with two weeks left to the upcoming municipal election over 150 reports of possible violations have been registered Most of them have been transferred to the Central Electoral Commission and municipal electoral committees But what complicates the work is that the commissions have to respond in 20 working days thus most reports will be analysed only after the election As reported according to the Lithuanian Constitution and the rulings of the Constitutional Court only people constantly residing in a specific municipality may vote there Seeing manifestations of organised manipulation the head of state will put forward amendments to the Law on Elections to Municipal Councils intended to prevent fraud and illegal influence on voting results 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

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