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  • Memorial plaque to Estonia's government-in-exile unveiled in Oslo
    event by head of the Government Office Heiki Loot and Aino Lepik von Wiren the director general of the Estonian Foreign Ministry s department for European and trans Atlantic cooperation Until 1992 von Wiren was the Estonian Justice Minister in the last lineup of the government in exile The first government in exile was led by August Rei in his capacity as prime minister and acting president who appointed a five member Cabinet in Oslo The exile government met in Norway because refugees in Sweden were banned from engaging in political activity Members of the Estonian exile government could reside in Sweden but not act in their capacity as government members The government in exile ended its activity on Oct 7 1992 after a legitimately elected parliament and president of Estonia was sworn in The unveiling of the memorial plaque was prepared by the Estonian embassy in Norway After the ceremony participants proceeded to the Oslo cemetery to light candles at the grave of Richard Bjereke the Estonian honorary consul in Norway in the build up to World War II 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

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  • Opposition leader Savisaar says police took considerable amount of cash from his home
    said of the search conducted on his farm situated some 65 kilometres from Tallinn The library was all turned upside down my photo albums and photographs were taken What else can you call it than a defilement of Hundisilma Savisaar said the ISS also took his computers and other devices What I regret the most is the variants of the manuscript of the book Prime Minister Funny but they also took the manuscript of the piece of writing The Story of my Illness which was recently published in the newspaper Pealinn Making light of the situation the leader of the Centre Party said the ISS now also has the telephone numbers of girls he knows Why did they need them I can t get it I hope they won t start calling and texting at night Savisaar said he is confident the prosecutor s office and the ISS will soon have to drop the allegations made against him He feels the allegations are false and nobody takes them seriously It looks like ISS blotched their job What they left behind is a plundered home and indignant residents who by no means expected to see something like this in their village The ISS on Sept 22 conducted a search in the home of Savisaar as part of an investigation into alleged repeated accepting of bribes in 2014 and 2015 in assets and favours for himself as well as for a third party for the total value of several hundred thousand euros Besides Savisaar six persons were declared suspects in the proceeding On September 30 the Harju County court decided to remove Savisaar from the office of mayor for the duration of the pre trial investigation Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn

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  • Russian court extends arrest of Lithuanian spy
    been classified by the Russian authorities Tamosaitis has been in Lefortovo detention facility since May 19 when he was apprehended in Moscow by the Russian Federal Security Service the FSB for allegedly exchanging classified information with a Russian national The foreign spy was caught red handed while obtaining a secret document from a Russian citizen the FSB s press office said in a statement The FSB added Tamosaitis had confessed he had been an officer of the Lithuania s 2nd department in the country s intelligence service According to the FSB upon presenting the evidence Tamosaitis admitted he had been working as an operative for the Lithuanian military intelligence A few weeks before Tamosaitis detention a suspected Russian spy was arrested in Lithuania On April 30 a court in Vilnius issued a warrant for the three month detention of the suspect who had reportedly been working for the FSB The suspect allegedly attempted to infiltrate Lithuania s government institutions as well as its law enforcement and intelligence services 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

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  • Skrunda-1: Latvia’s Last Ghost City
    12 March 1994 with a rally organised by the nationalist Latvian Popular Front arguing that Russia would use the installation as a military base undermining the state s sovereignty The base continued its operations until 31 August 1998 with the transition to a new station in Belarus Baranovichi region covered by the use of the Balkhash radar in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan s Gabala station During this period the Latvian government under Virsis decided to address any further concerns regarding Russian military involvement in the new Latvian state by organising a highly symbolic and expensive demolition show of the iconic Darjal UM type radar in May 1995 Construction of this newer facility began in 1985 but was never completed although the height at the time of demolition equalled that of a twenty floor apartment block and was therefore a highly visible aspect of the site The government selected the American company Controlled Demolitions Inc on a contract of 8 million to conduct the event which even had its own musical score composed to mark the occasion The last dweller of Skrunda 1 moved away in 1999 following an OSCE inspection marking the completion of Russian withdrawal heralding the end of an era for the complex and marking the beginning of the site s stagnation and subsequent dismantling by foreign companies and opportunists alike Images of former Soviet ghost towns are largely associated with those of Chernobyl primarily the town of Pripyat north of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and on the border with Belarus After experiencing one of the most deadly nuclear meltdowns in history the city was rapidly evacuated and now stands frozen in time However the fate of Skrunda 1 and many other military industrial towns following the Soviet fall was much less dramatic The artefacts of its previous life are still there to see discarded photographs furniture newspapers medicine bottles toys and clothing among others although it is the desperation of what the city has become that is most striking as you wander the streets and squares over fifteen years since the last permanent inhabitant packed their bags and left The story that follows is one of frustration and broken promises The paradox of post Soviet ghost towns military bases and industrial mono cities is that they are frequently too expensive to rebuild and simultaneously too expensive to demolish As a result the former thriving military scientific and civilian community of Skrunda 1 has drifted from despair and neglect to complete isolation The first official auction of note was conducted in early February 2010 to provide the Latvian government some much needed revenue after its 7 5 billion euro bailout from the EU and IMF in 2008 The bidding was won by a Russian investment company named Alekseyevskoye Servis for a fee of 1 5 million Lats 3 1 million successfully defeating other interested parties from Russia Latvia and Azerbaijan This sum was rumoured to total around ten times the original asking price and suggested big plans for the

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  • Estonia and Italy sign agreement over acceptance of refugees
    orphans Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said The statement gives us an opportunity to help people who need protection and to steadily move forward with preparations for the relocation Both Estonia and Italy agree that this should take place as soon as possible According to UN statistics one in every 122 people is now either a refugee an asylum seeker abroad or internally displaced from their home country Last year there were 600 000 asylum seekers in Europe and more than 130 000 crossed the Mediterranean in the first six months of 2015 In the same time period last year 75 000 people were recorded crossing by UNHCR President Toomas Hendrik Ilves also touched upon the need for a solution to the refugee crisis when he spoke at the General Debate of the 70th United Nations General on Wednesday He called for a global initiative to help fight ISIL who have caused thousands of people to flee their homelands in Iraq and Syria which along with the conflict in Syria has created the worst refugee crisis since World War 2 He said No country is immune from the threat that it ISIL poses Stopping it and other terrorist organisations requires a global effort Estonia supports the international coalition against ISIL We believe that the UN and its Global Counter Terrorism Forum also have an important role to play 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

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  • Grybauskaite extends congratulations to Germany on 25 years of reunification
    German Federal President Joachim Gauck Grybauskaite underlined the historical experience acquired by Europe made it clear that division and wall building did not lead to progress and development The Federal Republic of Germany never recognised the Soviet occupation of Lithuania she wrote in her message We are grateful for the solidarity and support of the German people to Lithuania s fight for freedom The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Baltic Way have bound us together These two landmark events shaped the history of Europe Germany s reunification and Lithuania s independence In the context of today s challenges all EU member states and citizens have the opportunity to review European core principles and continue fostering and consolidating them in the spirit of freedom democracy and solidarity 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 objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an

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  • President Vejonis calls for 2,000 NATO troops in Baltics and Poland
    also believes decision making within NATO should be strengthened so decisions can be made faster in the face of aggression At the same time Vejonis outlined he is sure NATO is able to defend all its member states in line with Article 5 of the NATO Treaty In different high level meetings we were supported by leaders of NATO countries and I m sure it will work he said Vejonis said the risk of a possible military attack on Latvia is very low At the same time he added countries should not sleep but instead should develop their armed forces capabilities Vejonis underscored that when speaking about possible military aggression response time is important If there is higher presence of NATO forces in the region the response time will be shorter We will discuss it in NATO summit in Warsaw said Vejonis Latvia has formally started talks with the United States on the deployment of heavy weaponry at the Adazi military base outside Riga Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis said that the US heavy weaponry could arrive in Latvia next year Vejonis is on a visit to the U S to take part in the 70th session of the UN General Assembly On October 1 he met with diplomats and employees of the Latvian embassy in the US He also visited the Library of Congress and the Hirshhorn Museum whose founding donor Joseph H Hirshhorn 1899 1981 emigrated to New York from Latvia 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

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  • Prime Minister's adviser criticises Grybauskaite's speech at UN
    criticised the the foreign policy objectives of the country s president Dalia Grybauskaite Lopata described Grybauskaite s speech at the United Nations UN as empty In an interview published by Lietuvos Rytas daily on Friday Lopata a political scientist said the country s foreign policies do not include real action or partnership coalitions for implementation of national interests and added Lithuania is no longer considered an actor on the international arena The call made by our President Grybauskaite to restrict the veto right for the UN Security Council s sounds empty As usual the president s speech was not intended for the international audience but instead for domestic matters 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 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

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