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  • Latvian Security Police investigate "Latgale People's Republic" internet pictures
    s territorial sovereignty in doubt is in accordance with Russia s current geo political interests Claiming that the number of instances where the image of the Latvian flag has been used in a provocative way not in in accordance with Latvia s national interests the Security Police urged the public to inform the police if they As previously reported in October 2012 the Security Police launched an investigation into former National Bolshevik leader and pro Russian activist Vladimir Linderman after he made comments in support of autonomy for Latgale He said that this would be a way to counter efforts by government coalition parties which did not permit a referendum on automatic citizenship for non citizens A criminal process on undermining Latvia s territorial integrity was later initiated against Lindermans and his associates Ilarions Girss and Jevgenijs Osipovs Latgale is one of Latvia s four cultural regions and is located in the south east and east of the country bordering Russia and Belarus It contains the country s second largest city Daugavpils and has a high proportion of ethnic Russians It was the only region of the country where a majority of voters supported making Russian an official language in the referendum that took place in 2012 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

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  • Estonian state energy company signs contract with Lithuanian gas suppliers
    metres of gas Postimees Online reports The pilot shipments made in December last year confirmed that gas trading via alternative importers is possible and works said Eesti Energia Energy Trade Manager Heikko Mae Given today s regulations and the tense political situation additional suppliers are certainly important for ensuring the security of gas supply for both us and the gas seller but also certainly for our gas clients he added For Estonian clients this agreement means that they have an alternative to Russian gas Eesti Energia said Eesti Energia has been selling gas in addition to electricity to its big commercial clients for three years Litgas announced yesterday that so far this year it has sold 30 million cubic meters of gas to Estonian customers Alexela owned Reola Gaas announced yesterday it would be buying 12 million cubic meters of gas from Litgas 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

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    Lithuanian Government yesterday approved the proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish diplomatic relations with Tuvalu isla Read More Ilves Estonia needs improvement in laws not dramatic restart Estonia does not need to make a dramatic restart by adopting a new constitution according to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in his year end int Read More Straujuma hopes to achieve budget objectives despite Bank of Latvia warning Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma Unity hopes that her government will be able to implement the objectives set in the 2015 budget even though Read More Lithuania fears over the UK s new traffic light food labelling system Lithuanian producers are concerned by the United Kingdom s nutrition labelling system which is based on the colours of traffic lights Most Read More Reflections on Latvia s contentious residency permit amendments In January 2015 the Saeima s controversial new amendments to its residency permit laws are expected to enter their second and third heari Read More Future of Ukraine refugees in Latvia still uncertain A total of 70 refugees from Ukraine have applied for asylum in Latvia so far this year but no positive decisions have yet been made which sugg Read More Grazulis Lithuania should go to The Hague over alleged CIA prison The Lithuanian political party Order and Justice claims that the country should initiate a case in the Hague Tribunal over violation of fundamen Read More Previous 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 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

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  • Estonia top in EU for economic freedom
    highest ranking of any EU country and is behind only Switzerland in Europe Estonia has risen three places from last year Lithuania rose six places to 15th worldwide and fifth out of EU countries and Latvia also gained five places to be ranked the 37th freest economy in the world 13th in the EU This meant that both Estonia and Lithuania were assessed as being mostly free only five countries in the world were ranked as free while Latvia fell into the category of moderately free All three scored at least 10 points above the world average score of 60 4 The index measures economic freedom in 178 countries and territories According to it the most economically free territory in the world is Hong Kong followed by Singapore New Zealand Australia and Switzerland The least economically free country in the world was North Korea which was placed 178th in the list Comments Related Articles Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 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

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  • President of Latvia will not attend Moscow Victory Day celebrations
    always voiced the opinion that the president would make an adequate and proper decision When asked about the possible reasons why the president had only announced his decision now the politician said that during their last meeting they discussed the upcoming meeting of the European Union s foreign ministers which would focus on the necessity to achieve better coordination on EU level Rinkevics said he could not predict whether all the EU member states would make the same decision However given the current situation and the way it has been interpreted in Russia the worsening situation in Eastern Ukraine and the fact that Moscow was likely to praise the liberators of Crimea during the May 9 events all contributed to the president s decision I believe that this issue will be finally closed now the minister concluded The May 9 celebration of the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany in World War II or as it is known in Russia the Great Patriotic War is a public holiday and one of Russia s biggest annual celebrations It is controversial in the Baltic countries because of the Soviet occupation of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania which lasted until 1991 The Baltic countries are the only former Soviet states not to officially recognise 9 May although celebrations are held principally by the region s ethnic Russians Berzins was invited to attend in December of last year but has taken some time in making his decision having had to factor in Latvia s current status as President of the EU Council Neither Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite nor Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will be attending the celebrations in Moscow 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

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  • Lithuanian President at Auschwitz commemoration: parallels with World War II in today's Europe
    silent acceptance of Fascism opened the path for violence aggression and war The president regretted that in today s Europe parallels may be seen with the past events because there are people now too who turn away and do not want to see the aggressor who tend to silently accept what is commencing in Europe and in the world We have major international terrorism farther away from Lithuania but near our borders we see open aggression and violence especially against civilians and these indeed are crimes against humanity Therefore those lessons are eternal it seems they have to be learned everyday and by everyone We must remember events from the darkest pages of European history so that tragedies like the Second World War will not be repeated said Grybauskaite The president reminded listeners that heads of state from many different countries have gathered at Auschwitz not only to remember the victims of the Holocaust but also to show that terror against humanity and killings of civilians will never be forgotten or tolerated or allowed in the future Around 300 Holocaust survivors were expected to attend the event As well as Grybauskaite foreign leaders attending included the presidents of Germany Austria and France the foreign minister of the United Kingdom and the monarchs of Belgium Denmark and the Netherlands Those not attending include Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama 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

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  • Estonia has EU's most cost-effective healthcare system
    53 points The top position in the overall list goes to the Netherlands 898 points out of a possible 1 000 points followed by Switzerland Norway Finland and Denmark The study involved 36 European countries as well as Scotland which was assessed separately from the rest of the UK However when it comes to healthcare services cost effectiveness Estonia not only outperformS the other Baltic states but also all other EU member states HCP said that it had become very apparent that the index was trying to compare states with very different levels of financial resources Thus as a separate exercise the EHCI 2013 added a value for money adjusted score the Bang For the Buck adjusted score According to its Bang For the Buck adjusted score Estonia is second in the list behind only FYR Macedonia and followed by Albania and Finland Estonia keeps doing well within its financial capacity It might be that the steel bath forced upon Estonia after the financial crisis helped cement the cost effective streaks of Estonian healthcare the report states 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

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  • Khodorkovsky in Vilnius: don't make Putin a martyr
    the plain as day political blackmail It is just that one ought to seek measures of influence that are more effective more selective intended for lengthy application and the boomerang effect of which in the long term will not outweigh their constructive impact Europe needs to think about how to suppress the expansion of the corruptional and revanchist forces in Russia without encouraging the rallying of the nation around them A good example here is the Magnitsky law 9 I will never tire of repeating a distinction needs to be made between measures undertaken against the Putin regime and measures undertaken against Russia and the Russian economy as a whole I deem that the latter need to be gotten rid of with time replacing them with targeted sanctions against the true and loyal Putinists and those on whom they rely first and foremost economically against the siloviki who have transformed all of Russia into a prison zone against the criminal element which as we have been convinced often becomes a tool of aggression 10 One should not create for Putin and his friends inside Russia an image of a martyr and fighter for the preservation of the Russian world On the contrary Europe has got to show that blatant boundless and illegal enrichment is these people s only real goal that under the cover of talks about the greatness of Russia they are plundering their own country depriving the future generation of any prospects 11 There is much that Europe could say on this subject but it is bashfully keeping silent It turns out that it is much easier to adopt sectoral sanctions against entire branches of the Russian economy than to openly tell about what kinds of benefits the regime s officials are enjoying in the West and who is coming out in their support and why 12 The regime is not floating in thin air it is actively supported by people who have learned how to extract no small benefit from its existence This is both the bureaucrats who have worked their way into business and the captains of business who have fused together with and become factually the trusted managers of the assets belonging to the state This is also the siloviki who carry out the terror and the propagandists who vindicate it They all serve the regime not without their own ulterior motives All of them together buy up intimidate and deceive the Russian people turning it into an obedient instrument of manipulation It is against these people and not against the Russian people that has already suffered from them that effective intervention needs to be aimed 13 Oftentimes no extraordinary measures of any kind are needed in order to have an impact on the Putin regime All that is needed is the thoughtful and systemic application of existing laws the aim of which is to fight against the exporting of corruption and money laundering But it emerges that what is simple is exactly what is

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