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  • Latvija in brief
    1 and Jan 8 the PVD said The largest amount of infected wild boars of three were found in Ligo county of Gulbene region in northern Latvia Thus so far this year African swine fever has been found in 28 wild boars in 17 regions and 23 counties in Latvia The total number of confirmed ASF cases among wild boars in Latvia since June 2014 is 1 278 The last time a domestic pig tested positive for ASF in Latvia was on Sept 9 2015 but the spread of the disease among domestic pigs now has slowed down compared to wild boars African swine fever is an extremely dangerous and contagious virus infection affecting pigs If an infected pig is found in a farm all pigs in the particular farm have to be culled which means big losses for farmers Favouring Fur Nearly a half 45 per cent of people in Latvia would like to wear clothes footwear or accessories made of natural fur according to a public opinion poll carried out by SKDS pollster for the Latvian Fur Farming Association The number of the respondents willing to wear natural fur has increased by 10 per cent compared to a similar poll conducted two years ago SKDS Directors Arnis Kaktins said that on the whole people in Latvia were tolerant to use of natural leather including fur As many as 63 per cent of respondents found use of natural leather and furs in production of clothes footwear and accessories acceptable He said that the poll had revealed the trend that willingness to wear natural fur increased with the age of the respondents Male respondents and Latvia s Russian speakers tend to show more tolerance to wearing of natural fur Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in

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  • 25 years on from Riga Barricades, Latvia’s goal is OECD
    1991 Rasnacs was organizing barricade guards in Riga providing firewood fuel places to sleep transportation and gasmasks from the coordination center of the Latvian Popular Front That same year Latvia joined the United Nations on Sept 17 1991 On March 29 2004 NATO expanded to include Latvia along with the rest of its Baltic neighbors In May of the same year the European Union also welcomed all three Baltic States into the bloc However while Estonia s rate of development earned the country an OECD membership in 2010 Latvia was not invited to open an OECD accession process until 2013 and accession talks are still ongoing as of the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Barricades It has been a dramatic journey one which Rasnacs has witnessed and participated in throughout in a variety of prominent positions in Latvian politics but he is wary of idealising Latvia s early independence period There were a lot of mistakes made during the early era after the Soviet Union admitted Minister Rasancs He insisted that the mistakes have since been corrected For example the minister spoke proudly of the Justice Department s potentially controversial new legal mechanism to limit the actions of organizations that are opposed to the sovereignty or security of Latvia and its citizens His experiences at the Barricades have perhaps made him wearier of Russian aggression in Latvia and Europe The same type of war that is happening in Donbas is possible in Latvia said Minister Rasnacs we very much know what the Russian bear is doing to Latgale Twenty five years on from the events of Jan 1991 Minister Rasnacs says We actually didn t have any concrete goals at the time We just wanted to get out get out of the empire Get away from the bear he adds

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  • Proposals surface for Helsinki-Tallinn train
    Tuesday Jan 5 a co operation agreement to find alternative ways to travel between Finland and Estonia was signed after a pre feasibility study was published The new under sea tunnel would span the 50 mile 80 km gap between the two capitals and the plans should be explored according to the new report It would cut the commuting time by ferry from two hours or more to around 30 minutes Currentl The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section 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 the Baltic Sea region Read more Our

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  • Landsbergis awarded Freedom Sign
    educating their child wrong Children of this age can no longer understand this and this is freedom Landsbergis said in his speech at the event People behind the award say it should replace the Freedom Prize that the parliament did not award to Landsbergis The text of the Seimas resolution not to grant this year s Freedom Prize to Landsbergis was read at the event and the participants chanted Shame Established in 2011 the Freedom Prize is awarded every year on the Day of the Defenders of Freedom Jan 13 Landsbergis had been nominated to win that award but back in November the Freedom Prize Commission s decision to award Landsbergis was blocked by a vote against it in the Seimas Lithuania s parliament Among those who voted against were long time ideological opponents of Landsbergis the Social Democratic Party the Labor Party and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania Establishment of the new award the Freedom Sign was initiated by over 20 public patriotic organizations that also called upon the nation to donate money for the sign The solemn ceremony took place at a monument near the parliament building It took place at a monument near the parliament attended by about 300 people including Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Vytautas Jonas Zukas and Defense Minister Juozas Olekas of the Social Democrats At the ceremony flowers were laid at the monument by troops of the Lithuanian Army s Guard of Honor In his speech at the event Landsbergis also emphasized that Lithuania s freedom efforts and the resistance of the Soviet aggression on Jan 13 contributed to changes in the world although the democratic forces that emerged after the Lithuanian events in some countries later waded The world changed and this is the Lithuanian contribution to the European and world history Since we are gathered here let s realize the great things it is not just about the possible press coverage of the personal merits of some person This is the great feat of Lithuania let s understand this and bring the message to the world said the first post independence leader of Lithuania In 1990 Landsbergis chaired the Lithuanian Supreme Council s session during which the March 11 Act of Independence was adopted and Lithuania s independence was restored The first Freedom Prize in 2011 was awarded to Sergei Kovalev a Russian fighter for freedom and democracy and defender of human rights The Freedom Prize 2012 was awarded to Antanas Terleckas a founder of the political organization Lithuanian Freedom League initiator of the Memorandum of 45 Baltic Nationals and political prisoner The Freedom Prize 2013 was awarded to Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius SJ a fighter for the freedom of Lithuania human rights activist active participant in the unarmed resistance in Lithuania political prisoner founder and editor of the underground publication Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania and member of the Catholic Committee for the Defense of the Rights of Believers Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work

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  • Russia should be excluded from the Council of Europe
    Russia has today become an autocratic kleptocracy where a small clique around the President enrich themselves at the expense of normal Russians For years there have been no free and fair elections the Kremlin controls the courts and the media the political opposition is being harshly oppressed and corruption is rampant Around 2010 it had already become evident that Russia no longer fulfilled the conditions for membership of the Council of Europe Surprisingly this did not give rise to any reaction at the time The Council only came into action in 2014 after Russia s military annexation of Crimea and its armed intervention in Eastern Ukraine It temporarily revoked Russia s voting right in the Parliamentary Assembly and its representation in a number of other organs but not in the all important Committee of Ministers Such a modest counter measure is not in proportion with Russia s massive and serious violations of the Council s most fundamental principles The need for a stronger reaction has become even more urgent with Russia s adoption of a law last December empowering its Constitutional Court to decide that rulings by international courts including the Council s own Court of Human Rights should not be recognised in Russia A more direct attack against all that the Council of Europe stands for is not conceivable The Court s role is to rule on citizens complaints against human rights violations by member countries authorities It is the only way citizens can exercise some influence on the human rights situation As a signatory of the European Convention for Human Rights Russia is bound to apply the Court s judgments This however does not suit the Kremlin since numerous complaints by Russian citizens have resulted in condemnations by the Strasbourg court Moscow became really livid when the Court ruled in July 2014 that the Russian state must pay 1 87 billion to the former owners of the defunct Russian oil company Yukos Such a reaction is long overdue Indeed other countries are following in Russia s footsteps The former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia score extremely poorly in the areas of civil freedoms political rights independence of the judiciary and press freedom Recently the prime minister of Montenegro the last country to join the Council received the award of Organised Crime and Corruption Person of the Year by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project Questions can also be asked regarding the membership of Albania Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia And then there is Turkey gradually sliding away from the democratic principles it has pledged to uphold Alarming as well are the serious media reports about countries like Russia and Azerbaijan trying to corrupt the organisation from within by buying votes and hiring highly paid lobbyists to minimize their human rights records For a long time well regarded human rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have been warning about the risk that the Council of Europe would lose its credibility as promoter of human

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  • News search
    fitting that as part of their 75th anniversary season the Latvian Radio Choir would perform this programme on this evening One Read More East meets West TAIPEI Taiwan Peeter Vahi has been described as one of the most original contemporary composers to have emerged from Estonia His music Read More Riga Bach Festival brings much needed Baroque performance to Latvia In a city boasting a thriving opera company and some of the most successful choruses in the world it s rather surprising that there is a Read More Thailand Endless beaches with white sand sun and azure waters of the lagoon which disappear beyond the horizon It seems like a picture from the popular Read More POFF lights up the dark in 19th year TALLINN It may be a niche film festival on a calendar that also includes giant occasions like Cannes and Sundance but the Black Nights Film F Read More Estonian Supreme Court makes progress in Bitcoin trader case TALLINN Following The Baltic Times earlier investigation into the integration of Bitcoin into Estonian commerce and law there has been Read More Lithuania s truckers lobby against further damaging relations with Russia VILNIUS Linava the Lithuanian national road carriers association has warned against exacerbating political relations with Russia Read More Previous 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 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

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  • Estonian President pays tribute to those killed in Vilnius on January 13 1991
    the 25th anniversary of the January Events in Vilnius Lithuania which saw 14 unarmed Lithuanians killed while protesting against the Soviet Union s attempt to regain control of the Lithuanian Republic The events took place on January 13 1991 Lithuanian re claimed its independence from the USSR in 1990 Today twenty five years ago 14 Lithuanians defending the TV tower and the Television and Radio building in Vilnius were killed by Soviet troops Ilves wrote on his official Facebook page Let us stop and think about those brave souls who died to defend a free Lithuania Let us think how far we in the Baltic states have come in a quarter of a century as democracies and as members of the European Union and NATO The life we live today is a memorial to those who fell in Vilnius 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

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  • Latvian President nominates new Prime Minister
    him with the task of putting together the new Cabinet He also said he had great respect for his rival Karlis Sadurskis another Prime Ministerial candidate from the center right Unity party Kucinskis promised he would not be simultaneously negotiating with several parties and that he would first speak about the new government with its partner in the outgoing ruling coalition the Unity party The third part of the former coalition partners the nationalist conservative National Alliance party is expected to support Kucinskis as the next prime minister It is my greatest wish that the three partners will work side by side and agree on the steps to be taken together and will put aside all ambitions and quarrels Kucinskis continued The ZZS approved Kucinskis as the bloc s candidate prime minister on Monday January 11 Kucinskis 54 is the chairman of the parliamentary committee on sustainable development In the past he has been the mayor of Valmiera a town in north eastern Latvia Kucinskis was among the founders of the once influential People s Party which no longer exists He has been elected to the Latvian parliament several times In the last general elections of autumn 2014 he was elected as a ZZS candidate 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

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