News video from baltic states Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:40:49 +0200 en-US - news from baltic states 260 89 hourly 1 16 march rally in Riga was cancelled because of COVID-19 Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:40:49 +0200

The flowers to the Liberty Monument in the center of Riga on March 16 are laid by veterans of the National Legion of the SS, members of the Society of National Warriors (Latvian Nacionālo karavíru biedríba), as well as deputies of the Seimas. Earlier the head of the National Association Ravis Dzintars called on everyone, respecting a safe distance, to lay flowers at the Monument of Liberty in Riga. Events at the Liberty Monument in Riga were previously cancelled by the Riga Duma due to the spread of coronavirus. 

Lithuania partially closes borders with neighbors Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:22:58 +0200

The closure of greenhouses in Lithuania led to a collapse. Trucks that did not manage to leave the Baltic countries on the route of the European Union accumulate on the Polish border. To date, the line has reached 20 km. Starting on March 16, Lithuania is announcing a nationwide quarantine. Foreign citizens, except those having a residence or work permit, will be barred from entering the country for the subsequent 15 days. These terms may be reassessed during or after the announced quarantine period. Until March 19, the transit of people returning home to a third country through Lithuania will be allowed. The departure of Lithuanian citizens and permanent residents to high-risk countries, the list of which can be accessed here, will also be suspended, but cargo transportation will continue. There are no restrictions on return for Lithuanian citizens, but they will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon return. So far, Lithuania registered only 9 cases of COVID-19 infections. The government has gradually rolled out pre-emptive measures to mitigate the spread of the disease. Find more about the measures here.

Lithuania celebrates 30th anniversary of independence Wed, 11 Mar 2020 20:54:49 +0200

Lithuania is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its secession from the Soviet Union, a move that heralded the beginning of the end of the sprawling Eurasian empire. The Lithuanian parliament voted on March 11, 1990, to restore the independent Baltic state that had been annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940 under a secret deal with Nazi Germany. That move, the first of its kind among the Soviet republics, launched a wave of breakaways that eventually saw the Soviet Union collapse a year later. The independence declaration was followed by an economic blockade and a bloody military crackdown, but Moscow finally recognised independent Lithuania in August 1991. The Soviet Union itself was formally dissolved four months later. Lithuania firmly anchored itself in the West by joining the EU and NATO in 2004.

Estonian far-right party holds torchlight march Mon, 24 Feb 2020 20:55:22 +0200

Thousands of supporters of Estonia’s nationalist EKRE party held a torchlight march to mark independence day in Tallinn. Since 24 February 2014, when the parade was first arranged by Blue Awakening, EKRE supporters have assembled in Tallinn's Freedom Square on Independence Day for a torch march through the city's old town. According to the organisers, the torch march is arranged to honour those who fought in the Estonian War of Independence and contributed to the foundation of the Estonian national state.

Verdicts delivered in Zolitūde tragedy case Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:50:35 +0200

The prosecutor has asked for seven years to six months of imprisonment and for all those involved in construction, and for them to be barred from taking positions associated with construction for five years.

The building's civil engineer Ivars Sergets - responsible for the building structures was accused of making gross errors in the structural calculations, which directly led to the collapse. Sergets denied guilt, claiming that he wasn't involved and didn't sign off on the project drafts. He was sentenced to six years' imprisonment, including the time he has already spent in custody

Store project construction expert Andris Gulbis - recommended the Zolitūde Maxima building project for approval. Accused of violating construction regulations and negligent homicide, Gulbis denied guilt and was acquitted by the court.

Construction supervisor Mārtiņš Draudiņš - accused of violating construction regulations and negligent homicide was also acquitted.

Arhitect Andris Kalinka - architectural firm Kubs board member was accused of violating construction regulations and negligent homicide. Kalinka denied guilt and was acquitted. 

Re&Re construction manager Staņislavs Kumpiņš - accused of violating construction regulations and negligent homicide - denied guilt and was also acquitted.

The prosecutor had asked for five years of imprisonment for the former Construction Board employees, and for them to be barred from taking government or municipal institution positions for five years, except for the Maxima employee, who was requested to be barred from taking a position as a workplace safety specialist.

Former Rīga City Building Inspectorate Deputy Chair Jānis Balodis - accused of dereliction of duties as a public official, which resulted in severe consequences, denied guilt, saying that the committee he led that deemed the building operable didn't see any problem signs after inspecting the building and evaluating the documents. He was acquitted by the court.

Former Legal Department Construction Supervision Department Expert Marika Treija - accused of dereliction of duties as a public official, which resulted in severe consequences was also acquitted.

Building Inspectorate Deputy Chair Aija Meļņikova - accused of dereliction of duties as a public official, which resulted in severe consequences was acquitted of the charges against her.

Maxima Latvija employee Inna Šuvajeva - accused of violating workplace safety regulations, resulting in the death and injury of several persons, was also acquitted.

The collapse of the flagship Maxima store in Zolitūde, Riga, on November 21, 2013, saw 54 people lose their lives, including three rescuers. The Riga tragedy was the largest loss of life since the restoration of independence in 1991. Dozens more were injured and their compensation was also a matter for the court. The prosecutor's office recognized 263 people as victims of the collapse. The verdict in the criminal case runs to some 850 pages.

Lithuania is celebrating Independence Proclamation Day Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:24:12 +0200

February 16, Lithuania celebrates an important state holiday - the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania. On this day, state flags are posted throughout the country.At a meeting in Vilnius on February 16, 1918, the empowered people’s Council of Lithuania proclaimed the restoration of an independent democratic state of Lithuania by signing the Lithuanian Independence Act or February 16 Act. According to this document, Lithuania was proclaimed an independent state, which should be governed on a democratic basis, with the capital in Vilnius.

The victims of 1991 were remembered in Vilnius Sun, 12 Jan 2020 17:50:32 +0200

A torchlight procession took place in the center of the Lithuanian capital in honor of the events of January 13, 1991. The event was attended by several hundred people. 29 years ago, 13 Lithuanians were killed in a confrontation between the Soviet military and the inhabitants of Lithuania. A year ago, a trial was held during which prison officers were sentenced to Soviet officers who participated in the suppression of the civil uprising.

A Christmas tree from ... dry closets! Fri, 27 Dec 2019 16:48:10 +0200

A completely unexpected sight opens at the entrance to the Estonian city of Võru. The managers of decided to create a Christmas tree from the objects of their business - dry closets! The construction of the building took 7 hours and almost 40 booths. Moreover, all the first floor toilets work as intended. Also, not far from the unique Christmas tree there is a small museum of objects that people like to drop into the toilet. Here you can find a dildo, a false jaw, a bomb and many phones.

Forbidden items have been installed on the Christmas tree at Vilnius airport Fri, 13 Dec 2019 22:45:41 +0200

A Christmas tree was set up at Vilnius Airport, which was created from things seized by passengers from the air harbor during an inspection. The airport’s press service said that in this way, passengers want to be reminded of the importance of aviation security.

Latvian constitutional court upholds language restrictions in private schools Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:57:55 +0200

The Constitutional court of Latvia describe on press-conference why was supported low about restrictions in russian privat schools. Despite being a native language for about 40 percent of the Latvian population, the Russian language is classified as foreign.On March 22, 2018, Latvia's parliament adopted amendments to its education laws mandating a gradual transition to educating in Latvian even in schools specifically set up for minority children starting in the 2019-2020 academic year. The full transition is supposed to be achieved by September 1, 2021.

The Arctic Spirit Conference has held in Rovaniemi Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:18:42 +0200
Themee of the Conference is 'Climate Change and the Future Generations'. The Conference focuses on climate change, especially from the viewpoint of young people and future generations living in the Arctic.

One goal of the event is to enhance dialogue between youth, researchers and decision makers. The Conference is an official side event of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Thus, the Conference also enhances Arctic discussion during the Presidency.

Temporarily staying in Tallinn zoo bear returned to Russia Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:48:33 +0200

Young bear Prosha, born in the Pskov region and caught in August this year near the town of Valga, returned to the rehabilitation center for orphaned bears, located near the Central Forest reserve of the Tver region.

US armored vehicles arrived in Lithuania Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:34:26 +0300

Tanks, Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) and other American equipment arrived in Lithuania on Monday for a rotational deployment as part of US Army Europe Operation Atlantic Resolve. The battalion-sized force will stay in Lithuania until spring 2020. The 1st Armoured Battalion of the 9th Regiment, 1st Division, will bring 30 Abrams tanks, 25 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), and 70 wheeled vehicles. They will be based at the training area in Pabradė.

Remembering of MS Estonia accident victims Thu, 03 Oct 2019 11:49:24 +0300

Commemorative events held in Tallinn and the cities of Voru and Parnu on Saturday to mark the 25th anniversary of the sinking of the ferry Estonia. Speeches made Prime Minister Juri Ratas. The ceremony followed by a memorial service at St. Catherine's Church. The 852 victims of the sinking of the ferry Estonia include members of a 17-strong delegation of Voru led by Mayor Jaak Ott, who were headed to Sweden for meetings with officials in Voru's sister city Landskrona. The ferry Estonia with 989 people on board sank in a storm while en route from Tallinn to Stockholm on the night of Sept. 28, 1994. Of the people on board the vessel, 137 were saved and 852 died. The bodies of only 95 of the victims were recovered.

German submarine visits Lithuania for first time in 18 years Wed, 18 Sep 2019 18:40:00 +0300

A type 212A U-31 submarine escorted by FGS Oste warship of the German Navy visited the port of Klaipėda on Wednesday. The ships was met by LNS Dzūkas (P12) patrol ship from the Lithuanian Navy. Both vessels stays untill September 21.During the visit to Klaipėda, the submarine's leadership and an accompanying delegation will meet with the mayor of Klaipėda, the leadership of the Lithuanian Navy leadership, and attend other formal events. Last visit conducted by a German submarine to Klaipeda took place 18 years ago in 2001.

The picket in defense of Lithuanian heroes Wed, 07 Aug 2019 21:05:39 +0300

In the center of Vilnius, near the monument to King Mindaugas, a rally was held under the slogan "Let's protect the Lithuanian heroes!" The rally participants called on the municipality to return the memorial plaque to Jonas Noreika-General Vetra and the name of the alley K. Shkirpa. The rally brought together up to a thousand people who demanded the return of the memorial plaque to Noreika. Participants of the rally from the scene did not spare bitter words addressed to the mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimasius, whose decision the board was removed.

USS Fort McHenry visited Riga Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:58:50 +0300

Concluding the exercises “Baltops 2019”, the USS amphibious assault ship “USS Fort McHenry” was visiting the Riga passenger port from June 22 to June 26. At the international military exercises “Baltops 2019”, the landing ship “USS Fort McHenry” was transporting US and Spanish marines who participated in the landing operation of a naval landing force off the coast of Estonia. The international military exercises “Baltops 2019” were held in the Baltic Sea from June 9th to 21st in order to improve cooperation and interoperability of the allied forces, strengthening the ability to react quickly using all types of forces, and also demonstrating the determination of allies and partner countries ensure stability in the region and readiness to protect the Baltic Sea region. This year’s exercises were held for the 47th time, and about 8,600 troops, 50 ships, two submarines and 36 aircraft from 18 countries took part in them.

In Estonia, vandals destroyed monuments in the Jewish cemetery Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:50:19 +0300

At the Jewish cemetery in Tallinn's Rahumäe district, the first act of vandalism in its 110-year history. In Tallinn, the vandals turned over 8 tombstones in the Jewish cemetery. The Estonian Jewish community expressed outrage at this act of vandalism, according to its statement. Inverted gravestones found on the night of June 23. The police are investigating what happened.

June 1941 Uprising celebrated in Kaunas Sun, 23 Jun 2019 18:25:06 +0300

At the rally in the city center came a few dozen people. They recalled how on June 22, immediately after the German attack on the USSR, an uprising began on the whole territory of Lithuania, headed by members of the Front of Lithuanian activists (Lietuvos Aktyvistų Frontas). According to modern Lithuanian historians, about 100,000 people took part in the uprising. The rebels, who formed the “self-defense detachments”, took control of railways, bridges, communication centers, food and equipment depots, and also occupied the settlements left by the Soviet troops. The sovietization of Lithuania, the arrests and exiles of thousands of inhabitants to Siberia, left terrible memories and became, perhaps, the most important catalyst and trigger for the uprising.

Crow holiday was marked in Lithuania Sat, 08 Jun 2019 18:55:21 +0300

Kalnaberžė village in Kedainiai region is known for its unusual annual holiday, which is held in June, the Day of Eating Crows. Crows are cooked just like any other meat - it is pickled, and then fried, stewed or boiled. As local residents note, in ancient times this custom was widespread, then forgotten, but not so long ago was restored again. Not only locals, but also Lithuanians from other regions of the republic, as well as numerous guests, for whom such events are a real exotic, come to the feast of eating crow meat. According to some who tried such a strange dish, the taste of crow meat is no different from chicken or turkey, and if you don’t know what to eat, it’s hard to guess.