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  • Eesti in brief
    Hodges This November the Harju County court convicted five former employees of Estonia s foreign intelligence agency the Information Board for embezzling state property and four also for revealing state secrets The convicts embezzled over 600 000 euros worth of property that did not belong to them The crimes were committed in 2002 2014 State Prosecutor Inna Ombler said that the persons were employees of one unit who due to their position had the possibility of using Information Board s money and property The money was meant to cover costs of collecting information but the convicts used it for personal expenses The state secrets the convicts revealed were documents and data carriers connected to Information Board s work The UNESCO intangible cultural heritage committee decided in its session in Paris to include the smoke sauna customs of the South East Estonian Vorumaa region in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Postimees Online reports The vitality of the Estonian culture is manifested particularly genuinely in spiritual heritage which is transferred from generation to generation Including the Voro people s smoke sauna customs in the UNESCO Representative List supports continuation of the tradition and brings international attention to it said the Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus The smoke sauna tradition is an important part of everyday life in the Voro community of Estonia It comprises a rich set of traditions including the actual bathing customs the skills of making bath whisks building and repairing saunas and smoking meat in the sauna 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

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    next year RIGA The United States and Great Britain are planning to maintain a permanent presence of tr Read More Supreme court rejects claim of electoral fraud RIGA The Supreme Court decided on Oct 31 to reject a claim of electoral fraud made by Harmon Read More A classroom tragedy VILJANDI A 15 year old schoolboy shot and killed a teacher during class in the Paalalinna Sc Read More Soomere Estonian science can expect a wave of redundancies TALLINN The new President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences Tarmo Soomere has said that th Read More Estonia passes gender neutral civil partnership law TALLINN On Thursday October 9 members of the Estonian Riigikogu voted to legalise civil par Read More Eesti in brief Estonian counter intelligence agent Eston Kohver who was arrested under mysterious circumstan Read More All aboard for western Europe RIGA Lithuania Latvia and Estonia have signed an agreement in Riga to establish the jointly Read More Let there be gas KLAIPEDA The Independence Lithuania s newly purchased Liquified Natural Gas LNG sto Read More Previous 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 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 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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  • Latvian farmers take on Brussels
    European Commission the Baltic and Scandinavian farmers will continue addressing respective officials and hold a protest campaign in Brussels Lazins said As a result of the West s sanctions of Russia over its actions in Ukraine Russia has implemented punitive sanctions on EU dairy products But Latvian prime minister Laimdota Straujuma does not believe the protestors will achieve their aims from their trip to Brussels I do not believe that farmers protest campaign will achieve any results however it is a way to express their attitude and I support farmers strikes and demonstratiomdota Straujuma Unity said in an interview with the LTV show Rita Panorama Straujuma added though that dairy farmers received additional EUR 20 million since September 2014 In commenting on the critical situation of grain farmers Straujuma indicated that there will definitely be no support from the state An insurance system has been implemented People who have insured their grain fields I believe have no problems now the prime minister said And due to a drop in grain prices additional costs of the threshing season and the cost of re sowing fields this past spring grain farming could suffer losses in the amount of EUR 220 million this year which is another reason why leaders of Latvian farmers cooperatives urge the Agriculture Ministry and government to get involved in solving the problem The style of the campaign does not stipulate any street protests they will be in the form of demonstrative and coordinated discussion with members of the European Commission and parliament However the moment of surprise will remain and we will attract attention from the press farmers will hand out milk bottles to politicians featuring labels with brief captions in different languages representing the catastrophic situation in the industry and demanding further support opportunities epresentative of the

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  • Grybauskaite calls Russia a terrorist state
    Lithuanians support Grybauskaite s remarks The Lithuanian public opinion was rather supportive regarding Grybauskaite s Russia related statements of Nov 20 and Nov 21 On Nov 21 a presenter of the evening news of the most popular Lithuanian TV station TV3 asked its viewers to answer the question Is Russia a terrorist state on its Internet site zinios lt and the results were the following 45 percent chose the answer It is a terrorist and fascist state 34 percent chose the answer Yes it is a terrorist state and 21 percent chose the answer Russia is the same state as other states On Nov 22 the most popular Lithuanian Internet site delfi lt asked its readers What is your attitude to Grybauskaite s statement on Russia The answers were as follows 48 percent chose the answer Positive she said what all the EU countries think 44 percent chose the answer Negative it can cause problems while eight percent chose the answer I was not interested Stoltenberg reinforces NATO commitments Stoltenberg speaking at his and Grybauskaite s joint press conference in Karmelava stated that NATO s commitment to defend and protect all allies is rock solid and expressed NATO s concern over the Russian military activities in eastern Ukraine and on the Ukrainian Russian border when he was asked about possible intentions of Russia to create a land bridge to the Russia annexed Crimea via the Ukraine s territory I cannot go into details when it comes to the exact numbers But what I can say is that we have seen a military buildup We have seen a movement of forces of equipment of tanks of artillery and advanced air defense systems into Ukraine And we are also seeing movement of forces towards the line which was supposed to be the line that the ceasefire was going to be based on So we have seen movements of forces also westwards within eastern Ukraine And this is very serious because it s totally undermining the Minsk agreements and it s fuelling the conflict And it s contributing to new violations of the ceasefire And that s the reason why we call on Russia to pull back its troops to both withdraw troops from inside eastern Ukraine but in addition to withdraw troops from the border because that would be an important contribution to the de escalation of the situation Stoltenberg said He added that he expects a political solution which is based on the Minsk agreements and on a ceasefire According to Vykintas Pugaciauskas commentator on international affairs with the LRT Stoltenberg was known as a quite Moscow friendly Norwegian leftist whose election to the post of NATO secretary general on Oct 1 was rather positively evaluated by the Kremlin and his statements which in fact urges Kiev to negotiate with the persons described by Kiev as terrorists are not so tough towards Russia as statements of Anders Fogh Rasmussen the previous NATO secretary general During the press conference of Stoltenberg and

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  • Russia promises counter measures for NATO war games in Baltics
    its own logic rather than the interests of national security Grushko said He indicated that a military exercise featuring 40 000 soldiers from Portugal Italy and Spain scheduled for 2015 will be the first exercise of such a scale since the Cold War NATO has promised a build up of its forces in eaastern Europe amid what it says is a potential threat from Russia amid the crisis in the Ukraine NATO patrol jets have regularly intercepted Russian jets flying over the neutral Baltic sea Speaking in Tallinnlast month NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said These Russian flights are mostly taking place in international airspace but conducted in a way that poses a risk to civilian air traffic because they fly without flight plans and without communicating with civil air controls That s the reason why we re intercepting said Stoltenberg former Norwegian Prime Minister There s a five times as many NATO activity in the region than a year ago 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

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  • ’Thank God! The Germans shot them in time’ Latvia MP lands in hot water after anti gay rant
    them in their time Was good for demographics Priede wrote on Twitter leading to an outpouring of criticism from fellow party leaders and others The comments come after Latvia s foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics announced he was gay on Twitter last month The revelation was followed up by a similar announcement by he UK s charge d affaires in Riga Iain Frew Latvia doesn t officially recognize same sex partnerships Following the comments Priede apologizes to those who misinterpreted her statements and stepped down as a member of Unity s board The politician said she did not want to offend anyone Unity party leader Solvita Aboltina stressed that Priede s statements were unacceptable and did not reflect the the part s view Several Unity members urged the party s board to review this issue during its next meeting including the party s Secretary General Artis Kampars The party s board has not yet scheduled an extraordinary meeting this week 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

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    a law banning the sale of alcohol on Sundays public broadcasting r Read More Lithuania to post fastest growth in Baltics new report shows Lithuania is set to post the fastest economic growth in the Baltic states next year a Read More New Latvia government gets to work in first session Latvia s newly formed government has held its first sessions today with Latvian Pr Read More We support UK in European Union says Estonia PM Estonia strongly supports Great Britain s role in the European Union Estonia Read More NBA star loses Lithuanian citizenship after landing US passport NBA basketball star Zydrunas Ilgauskas will lose his Lithuanian citizenship after bein Read More More troops needed in E Europe amid Ukraine threat says NATO general NATO should boost its presence in eastern Europe amid growing security challenges in t Read More Baltics condemn illegitimate elections in eastern Ukraine Leaders in the Baltic states have strongly condemned Mondays elections in eastern Ukra Read More NATO launches fresh war games in Lithuania NATO has launched fresh war games in Lithuania bringing together troops from nine coun Read More Previous 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 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 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

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  • Russia accuses NATO of destabilizing northern Europe
    country it concerns Latvia s defense ministry said Russian jets has been detected near its borders more than 250 times this year The number has considerably rise amid the Ukraine crisis the defense ministry says NATO says the Russian jets pose a danger to civilian aircraft as they usually operate with their automatic receivers turned off and without a flight plan NATO says it scrambled patrol jets more than 30 times above the Baltic region in order to intercept Russian military flights However the build up of NATO troops in the region has made Russia nervous Vladimir Putin s chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the BBC last month We ll continue to make it much more tense as far as our national interests are The longer our national interests are in danger the longer we ll reply This does not mean we want a cold war We want our counterparts to understand we have red lines and we can t pass red lines and we expect our partners to understand where our red lines are 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

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