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  • IMF - Lithuania no longer a developing economy
    classifies a country s economy based on its Gross Domestic Profit per capita its export diversification and its degree of integration into the global financial system The IMF expects Lithuana s GDP to grow by 2 8 percent by the end of 2015 and 3 2 percent in 2016 The IMF has also shown Eurozone GDP growth rates of 1 5 percent for 2015 and 1 6 percent next year Therefore the IMF believes the figures indicate Lithuania is no longer in the category of emerging markets which also include the BRIC countries Brazil Russia India and China Lithuania also climbed to 28th from 144 countries in the World Competitiveness Rating and is number 1 in the Central and Eastern Europe region The World Competitiveness Ranking is an annually published index that evaluated business conditions across the globe Lithuania received its highest scores in the areas of education and technology 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

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  • Lithuania and Palestine to set-up joint economic committee
    A press release issued by the Lithuanian government stated the Butkevicius and Hamdallah discussed bilateral political and diplomatic relations at their meeting on Monday September 7 2015 Lithuania wants to enhance cooperation with this country we want to take a closer look at the situation the released quoted Butkevicius as saying I m certain our dialogue will help ensure regular contacts between Lithuanian and Palestinian diplomats and we expect your representatives to pay a visit to our country Butkevicius added companies working in the food furniture chemical and other industrial sectors were interested in exports to Palestine According to the government Butkevicius is also the first Lithuanian Prime Minister to pay an official visit to Palestine The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS 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 and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to

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  • Latvian and Lithuanian foreign ministers discuss upcoming bilateral meeting
    between the two neighbouring Baltic States He also expressed the view that the first joint governmental meeting should be an informal event which addresses and seeks solutions to various issues of practical cooperation As examples he pointed to the looming migration crisis in the European Union regional security issues and an increased NATO presence in the Latvia and Lithuania He also outlined strategic communications and the restarting of the work of the Intergovernmental Commission as points of address The ministers agreed support must be given to the launching of the second phase of the European Union s naval operation in the Mediterranean which addresses the boarding search seizure and diversion of smugglers vessels and the apprehension of organised crime groups The ministers also agreed on the continuation of the Eastern Partnership policy with all the Eastern Partnership countries and called on the enhanced dialogue between the EU and Belarus The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS 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

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  • Russia opens criminal case over 2007 Tallinn riots murder
    of people including 12 policemen were wounded Around 1200 were detained by police The two meter monument at Tonismagi Hill commonly known as the Bronze Soldier had been a point of controversy between Tallinn city authorities who saw the statue as a reminder of the Soviet 50 year occupation Tallinn authorities planned to re bury the remains of the soldiers who died fighting Nazi Germany during World War II to a military cemetery and move the Bronze Soldier to the new grave site outside the city The IC said its operatives have been undertaking measures to find and arrest those who murdered the Russian activist In particular the Leningrad region s IC in the coming week is going to formally request its Estonian counterparts to cooperate in the international investigation So far it is unclear how the Estonian colleagues will react on the request the IC said Russian investigators plan to question the incident s witnesses and Ganin s relatives Forensic tests will also be carried out The Russian Embassy in Tallinn in April 2015 criticized the Estonian government for the sluggish investigation of the murder The diplomatic mission accused Estonian law enforcers of deliberate inaction over the case Long lasting inaction of the Estonian law enforcement structures is a flagrant disregard to the basic rights of the person killed as well as those of his relatives the embassy said 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

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  • Russian Navy disrupts civilian ships in Lithuanian waters
    were identified as two Parchim and Steregushchy class corvette plus one Ropusha class landing ship According to the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense foreign ships including military ones are allowed to cross into Lithuanian waters but they must not restrict Lithuania s rights in its own economic zone Such activity by the Russian Federation when business activity in Lithuania s exclusive economic zone is interrupted is in breach of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the principles of good neighborhood the ministry said Following the incident the Lithuanian Navy ship Jotvingis contacted the ships protecting the Lithuanian Swedish underwater NordBalt power cable which is currently under construction in the Western Lithuanian port of Klaipeda Lithuania claims Russian army ships interrupted the NordBalt construction in Spring 2014 The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS 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

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  • The Kremlin's Millions, and its support of pro-Russian activists in the Baltics
    head of the cultural centre in the small town of Maardu near Tallinn In 2014 he was tried on corruption and bribing charges because he had used the funds of the house of culture for his own purposes Zarenkov had admitted his guilt in court but later recounted calling the case against him a political witch hunt None of the Zarenkov s attempts to be elected in the national parliament or local councils have succeeded However his NGO s managed to attract more than 300 000 euros from unknown sources in spite of the political failure Russia has also financed Paldiski Radio Paldiski Raadio Liit a small family business with two employees Oleg Tesla and his wife Paldiski was a former Soviet Navy nuclear submarine training center the largest one in the Soviet Union This is why until the Russian warship departure in 1994 the city was closed off More than half of the Paldiski residents are ethnic Russians The radio station is so marginal that it s practically impossible to determine its audience share The Teslas are not known in Estonia even among the pro Kremlin activists The only time Tesla appeared in the Estonian media was when he participated in the Putin s annual press conference in 2013 in Moscow He asked a question about repatriation for people who one day woke up in a different country after the collapse of the Soviet Union Putin started his answer in Estonian using a familiar language used by good friends Tere tere vana kere Tesla did not comment how he ended up at the press conference Russia also finances the organization called Altmedia which runs the internet site baltija eu According to the Estonian security service KAPO the project is funded via Media Capital Holding BV a company registered in the Netherlands and controlled by people related to Russia s state owned media giant Rossiya Segodnya It claims one of the Altmedia founders is Vladimir Lepekhin the director of the Eurasian Economic Community Institute who according to the KAPO participates in the pro Russian activities abroad Lithuania same people different organisations In Lithuania the compatriot foundation finances three NGOs and one individual who are interconnected and are monitored by the Baltic state s security services The precise information about the Kremlin funding is scarce because the Baltic state s law does not require NGOs to disclose their sponsors The State Security Department of Lithuania says the activities of the compatriot foundation and other groups are a threat to national security Members of the coordination boards in the Russian embassies and other pro Russian activists have developed many centers financed by Russia to protect the rights of the local Russians In reality these centres discredit the Baltic states internationally and encourage ethnic disharmony at home says the recent report published by the department These organizations experts work according to the Russian interests publicly accuse Lithuania and make a contribution toward creating a negative image of the Baltic states in the eyes of the Russian society In the future this image may serve to justify an aggression against the Baltic states it says Out of four organizations in the report Re Baltica found two on the list of those NGOs funded by the Kremlin the Independent Center for Human Rights and the Centre for Defense and Research of the Fundamental Rights The heads of both organizations are connected with Lithuania Without Nazism a movement also funded by the Russian compatriot foundation Russia also funds organisations related to the Lithuanian politicians Among them is Rafael Muksinov who chairs the compatriot board at the Russian embassy He was also recently elected to the Vilnius city council from the bloc of Valdemar Tomasevski a party bloc led by a Polish Lithuanian politician Muksinov however is not a member of the bloc He is a member of the Socialist People s Front a radical left party Until recently the Socialist People s Front was headed by Algirdas Paleckis whose grandfather was the first leader of Soviet Lithuania after it was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940 Paleckis was fined for alleging that in January 1991 it was the Lithuanian snipers not the Soviet troops who were shooting into civilians who were defending the Vilnius TV tower against the storm by the Soviet troops Paleckis also heads the Lithuania Without Nazism organization So called antifascists organizations in the Baltic states are part of the France registered World Without Nazism a global group founded by the Russian ex politician and billionaire Boris Shpigel who has close ties with the Kremlin Among the official aims of the organization is fighting against the rise of Nazism and fascist ideas However in reality the group often is used as a tool for the Russian foreign policy Its public statements tend to match the views of the Russian Foreign ministry The Russian compatriot foundation also sponsored the World Without Nazism inaugural general assembly in Strasbourg in 2012 Muksinov also is one of the founders at the Independent Human Rights Center headed by Karlis Bilans also a member of Lithuania Without Nazism Bilans is a regular guest on Russian TV often accusing Lithuania of discriminating against local Russians In December 2013 when student protests erupted in Ukraine against the corrupt regime of President Viktor Yanukovich the centre received 15 000 euros from an unnamed source A few months later Bilans took part in protests in Vilnius against Lithuania s support for Ukraine They all refused to comment for this article Another founding member of Lithuania Without Nazism is Oksana Bekeriene the head of Centre for Research and Defense of Fundamental Rights The centre has a wide range of activities starting with criticism of Lithuania at the OSCE meetings and ending with a children s competition Thank you for giving life devoted to the soldiers of the Red Army who defeated the Nazi Germany If the US State Department gave us money we would have taken it anyway However this is not Russian

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  • Vilnius Vice-Mayor proposes Arabic-language groups in kindergartens
    proposed considering Arabic language kindergarten groups in the Lithuanian capital If we re already talking about hosting refugees we should start discussing how we will accommodate them Paluckas told BNS on September 3 I do not want to confirm any plans to have the kindergarten groups but we should decide whether we need the groups sooner than later Paluckas added the Lithuanian state will provide the refugees with social housing Lithuania expects to receive its first group of refugees from in early 2016 The Social Security and Labor Ministry has also asked Vilnius municipalities to specify how many refugees they are willing to accommodate The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS 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

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  • News search
    had booked in a Read More Tube dream in Vilnius LONDON For years they ve been saying it will never happen For years it s been dismissed as little more than a pipe dr Read More The Industry of Fear Let s imagine Lithuania has a stock exchange where different types of journalist can be bought and sold If we w Read More Building for the Future RIGA The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia a private museum accredited by the Ministry of Culture has been active since 1993 when it opene Read More Whither Soviet Statues VILNIUS When Lithuania celebrated 25 years since declaring independence from the Soviet Union earlier this year anyone crossing the Green Bri Read More The battle for the Estonian coastline CORRECTION The Baltic Times interviewed Teele Pehk on the morning of July 24 the same day that a new version of the architectural det Read More Latvian opera mourns death of Anita Garanca The Latvian National Opera has announced the death of Anita Garanca one of the country s most prominent and admired vocal teachers who p Read More Riga hosts Europe s Pacific Islands Festival Riga was imbued with some of this rich cultural tradition of the Pacific Islands people as over 150 Pacific Islanders n Read More Previous 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 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

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