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    Read More Two jailed over terrorism in Estonia January 12 2016 saw an Estonia high court issue jail sentences to two men accused of supporting fundamentalist Islamic terrorism 10 Read More Here s How the Poles Can Help Ukraine Decentralize Last month Polish president Andrzej Duda visited Kyiv and pledged to assist Ukraine in implementing its reforms to decentralize the state nbsp Read More 25 years on from Riga Barricades Latvia s goal is OECD Dzintars Rasnacs Latvia s Minister of Justice has said that the country is doing its homework for its accession to the Org Read More Lithuanian athletes able to postpone national service Following the publication of Lithuania s 2016 conscription lists on January 11 it has been confirmed a number of the country s top Read More Lithuania publishes 2016 conscription lists Monday January 11 2016 saw Lithuania s Ministry of National Defence publish 2016 s conscription lists Read More Latvian Institute of International Affairs to host Latvian External Policy and the New European Union Global Strategy discussion Today on the 11 January 2016 at 13 00 the Latvian Institute of International Affairs LIIA with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Read More Putin s Next Potential Target The Baltic States This article first appeared on Read More Previous 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 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

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  • Lithuania to Publish Names of 1,000 Suspected Holocaust Perpetrators
    2 055 names of supposed perpetrators Vanagaite said in the Delfi interview last week about her book but Vilnius neither published it nor made any attempt to investigate the people concerned Rimantas Vaitkus a deputy minister for education told Delfi We do not have such a list explaining that compiling one was up to the genocide center But Burauskaite the center s director said her organization had discussed the list with the government After studying the list for three years she said her organization eliminated approximately 1 000 suspects According to Zuroff the list was published in 2012 briefly on the website of the museum but taken offline after 24 hours The book by Zuroff who is the Israel director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Vanagaite chronicles their journeys last summer across Lithuania where they spoke with people who witnessed locals killing Jews Its 2 500 copies were sold out within two days of its Jan 26 publication release More than 95 percent of the 220 000 Jews who lived in Lithuania during the Holocaust were murdered many of them by local Nazis and Nazi collaborators Some of the perpetrators are celebrated as heroes in Lithuania where many perceive them as national heroes for their opposition to Russian domination of the country There has been a stubborn reluctance in Lithuania to start the retrospection that went on elsewhere in Europe Zuroff said There are signs this book is changing that This article appeared on Jspacenews com and was originally written by DELFI EN 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

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  • Lithuanian Defence Minister hopes for increased number of U.S. troops
    specific numbers for Lithuania is premature he said However we will probably have more troops training here and more deployed equipment as far as I understand He added that the equipment will not be just for training but also combat purposes According to Olekas the bulk of the U S budget for Europe will go towards development of the old American bases in Europe and deployment of equipment there The minister said the U S presence in Europe was crucial for security I believe that these steps are simply deterring the potential aggressor from aggression against NATO member states he continued On February 2 2016 U S Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced that the U S defence budget for Europe would amount to 3 4 billion U S Dollars 3 1 bn Euros in 2017 a fourfold increase from 789 million US dollars in 2016 The U S is currently stationing a rotational company of troops in each of the Baltic states as well as heavy military equipment for the soldiers 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 Times is an independent monthly newspaper

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  • President Raimonds Vejonis on the Challenges and Opportunities for a Secure Baltic Sea Region
    three lightly armed brigades Yet after the Berlin airlift the Soviet Union never again challenged Berlin because they knew it would lead to major war In our own region the strategically important area of north Norway was regularly reinforced by the Allied Command Mobile Force a militarily weak but politically important formation We in Latvia have learnt our lesson from the mistakes at the beginning of the Second World War For 11 years we are happy to have been part of the strongest ever military alliance and are particularly pleased to that the United States is our strategic partner Consolidation of the Trans Atlantic link is more important than ever We are stronger safer and more prosperous when we stand together At the same time in NATO the consensus principle is applied whenever it comes to decision making It is noteworthy that after the Baltic States were occupied by the USSR in 1940 in the same week that Paris fell to Hitler the United States never recognized the Soviet annexation This allowed us to keep the dream of a free Latvia alive for half a century Russia s military capabilities have been considerably improved and we have seen the results in Ukraine and Syria In the case of Ukraine the litmus test is the full implementation of the Minsk agreements We see that the Kremlin wants to buy time in meeting its obligations and hoping that Ukraine will fail on its way towards establishing a truly developed democratic European country In the meantime Russia has shifted the focus of its activities to the Middle East All of this increases the risk of miscalculation and conflict Here in Sweden we have seen gradual but substantial changes to how Russia is perceived We in Latvia have watched with interest as the debate has developed and we are following closely discussions about the possibility of Sweden and Finland joining NATO a subject which only 10 years ago would have been seen as taboo The support for joining NATO has considerably grown both among political elites and society in general At the same time the Swedish government has already developed a policy of increased defence expenditure and military cooperation with the US and Nordic partners The recent joint article by your foreign and defence ministers understandably stressed that Sweden does not wish to make the security situation in the Baltic region worse The report published by Thomas Bertelman in October of last year seemed to suggest that NATO membership was a very viable option The follow up report by Krister Bringens is not of course about NATO membership but will undoubtedly refer to NATO It is not for us to suggest which course Sweden should choose However let me assure you that NATO along with our partners in the region are interested in exploiting already existing risk reduction incident resolution and transparency mechanisms as well as developing and adopting new ones if necessary That is a good way to increase mutual trust However it

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  • EU Ambassador to Russia calls on investigation into Kadyrov
    rifle sight I expressed my resentment over Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov s public statements on Instagram in which direct murder threats are being made against one of the Russian state s political leaders Usackas told BNS on February 2 2016 This is not the first time and such a tendency is raising concern of not only Russia s civil society and public and political activists but also their friends I also expressed hope that the Russian authorities and law enforcement will respond to this immediately Usackas says he decided to express his public reaction about the video that was removed from Kadyrov s Instagram profile on Monday February 1 I hope Russia s law enforcement institutions and state leaders will respond to it he said In the video posted on Monday Kasyanov and his deputy Vladimir Kara Murza were seen in a sniper s crosshairs Whoever doesn t get it will get it Kadyrov wrote as a comment to the video He added that Kasyanov left for France to seek funding for Russia s opposition Kara Murza told AFP on February 1 that he and Kasyanov considered the video direct incitement to murder 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

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  • President Vejonis stable, but remains in intensive care
    in the intensive care unit If there is an accumulation of fluid it has to be removed On January 20 2016 Vejonis underwent heart surgery at Riga s Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital Medics eliminated the source of a sepsis infection in his heart and replaced one of its valves with an artificial one 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

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  • Ex-Labour Party leader acquitted of fraud
    was given a fine of 6 800 euros for fraudulent bookkeeping On July 12 2013 Vilnius Regional Court found Uspaskich guilty of fraud and and sentenced him to four years in prison Prosecutor Saulius Verseckas of the Prosecutor General s Office had asked the court to increase his sentence to six years in prison The verdicts were also changed for other defendants Labour Party member Vytautas Gapsys received a fine of 3 600 euros and the party s former accountant will have to pay 5 700 euros The defendants had asked the court for a complete acquittal describing it to be a political case The Labour Party is charged with failing to claim 7 million euros in income and 6 6 million euros in expenditure between 2004 2006 Other defendants in the Upaskich case were also acquitted of fraud 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 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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  • Vilnius AK47 fugitive sentenced to over four years imprisonment
    November 2015 The court found Molotkov guilty on charges of seizing a firearm through psychological violence the unlawful transportation thereof plus using psychological intimidation against state officials The court also took into consideration his previous 126 administrative penalties 15 other offences unemployment and the spontaneous and unplanned character of his actions After Molotkov ran off with the Kalashnikov from the police car the search operation involved hundreds of officers The fugitive was found five hours later hiding in the building he used to live in in Vilnius Naujininkai district Following the incident Interior Minister Saulius Skvernelis tendered his resignation in the wake of criticism from President Dalia Grybauskaite for both the incident and inadequately updating state leaders about the search operation After a conversation with Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius Skvernelis then decided to remain in his post 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 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

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