baltvideo.com http://baltvideo.com/ News video from baltic states Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:58:23 +0300 en-US http://baltvideo.com/media/baltvideo_logo.png baltvideo.com - news from baltic states http://baltvideo.com/en/feed 260 89 hourly 1 The secret bunker of the Baltic Fleet was found in Salacgriva http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/the-secret-bunker-of-the-baltic-fleet-was-found-in-salacgriva Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:58:23 +0300

In the Latvian city of Salacgriva, which is located on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Riga, at a depth of nine meters, the Baltic Fleet's emergency headquarters of the times of the USSR was discovered. The door leading to the bunker was found by the new owner of the building above the shelter. It is known that the military headquarters was abandoned in 1987. There are training stands of Soviet analogues of Enigma encryption machines, numerous posters with Soviet agitation.

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A family of seals lodged on Ventspils city beach http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/a-family-of-seals-lodged-on-ventspils-city-beach Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:45:25 +0300

An amazing natural phenomenon gave the spring sun to the inhabitants of the Latvian city of Ventspils. Dozens of seals climbed on the shore to bask in the spring sun. Passers-by caused a special delight of seal babies. To them, people tried to get as close as possible to take a picture. At such moments, the seals began to turn amusingly and to wave their fins. True, as it turned out, environmentalists told us that so the seals express their dissatisfaction with the close presence of a person and there is no desire to pose in animals.

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People are calling flowers and toys to the Russian Embassy in Riga http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/people-are-calling-flowers-and-toys-to-the-russian-embassy-in-riga Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:30:25 +0300

The tragedy that occurred in Kemerovo does not leave Riga indifferent. Many of them came to the embassy today to express their condolences to the relatives of the dead children. On Sunday, a fire broke out in the four-story shopping center "Winter Cherry" in Kemerovo. 64 people died, including children. In hospitals there are 13 victims, most of them with carbon monoxide poisoning. Several people were detained in the case of the fire. By the number of victims this fire is one of the four largest in Russia in a hundred years

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Russian diplomats, get out! http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/russian-diplomats-get-out Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:45:55 +0300

On Monday, the ambassadors of Russia were summoned to the Foreign Ministries of the Baltic countries. All three received an order to expel the staff of the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation. So, Lithuania demanded the expulsion of three diplomats, Estonia and Latvia - one by one. Expulsion of diplomats occurred in the framework of the all-European action in support of Great Britain. 20 matras London sent 23 Russian diplomats. This is a reaction to the poisoning of former Russian GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter. In the action to expel diplomats also joined the United States, Australia, Canada and others, a total of 25 countries.

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The Minister of Defense of Great Britain arrived in Tallinn http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/the-minister-of-defense-of-great-britain-arrived-in-tallinn Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:25:04 +0300

Gavin Williamson arrived in Estonia to visit the largest foreign mission of the United Kingdom. As part of NATO's enhanced advanced presence in Estonia, 900 British military personnel serve. In addition, four multipurpose Lynx helicopters arrive in Estonia in April, which will take part in the military exercises Siil ("Hedgehog") in early May 2018. In June, Estonia, together with the United Kingdom, will increase its presence in Afghanistan by 40 military personnel. In 2019, the United Kingdom will assume the defense of NATO airspace from the air base in Emary. Great Britain was the first country that, after the decision to increase the presence of Allied forces in the Baltic countries, adopted at the Warsaw Summit in the< summer of 2016, sent its troops to the NATO battalion.

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Khodorkovsky argue with Navalny for leadership in the opposition http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/khodorkovsky-argue-with-navalny-for-leadership-in-the-opposition Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:55:21 +0300

Despite the insignificant support received by candidates from the liberal segment of the opposition in the last elections, in their midst the struggle for the right to represent the pro-Western Russian voter alone is not stopping. Mikhail Khodorkovsky joined the rivalry of Ksenia Sobchak and Alexei Navalny. A new stage in the political life of the ex-billionaire began with the conference, which he founded the "Open Russia" movement (PR) held in Vilnius. According to its results, a statement was adopted in which the past presidential elections were called dishonest and unfair, and the result obtained by Vladimir Putin is illegitimate. Earlier, the oligarch wrote that he and like-minded people have only two ways - "elections or barricades".

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Latvia adopts new law on education http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/latvia-adopts-new-law-on-education Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:50:50 +0200

The Latvian parliament approved in the final reading the law on the reform of school education. It provides for the transfer of Russian schools to the Latvian language of instruction. In particular, in the upper grades all lessons from 2020 will be taught only in the state language. The law caused great dissatisfaction in the Russian-speaking society. Parents of the Russian dete believe that the quality of education under such an approach will fall and Russian children will cease to be competitive in the local labor market. Opponents of the school reform during the consideration of the law in Parliament organized a small protest near the American Embassy and handed a petition to one of the staff of the diplomatic mission.

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Phillip Kirkorov came to the polling station in Vilnius http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/phillip-kirkorov-came-to-the-polling-station-in-vilnius Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:00:36 +0200

One of the most prominent representatives of the Russian stage - Philip Kirkorov visited the embassy in Vilnius, where the polling station is located. Elections of the president of Russia, the pop singer, called the most important event in the life of his country. According to him, Russia needs a strong and bright leader. The police station and guards guarded the polling station in the Russian embassy in Vilnius. In Lithuania, the Russians who came to the polls were met by Ambassador Alexander Udaltsov. 

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The march of memory of the Latvian legionaries Waffen SS held in Riga http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/the-march-of-memory-of-the-latvian-legionaries-waffen-ss-held-in-riga Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:50:20 +0200

March, 16 - Day of memory of the Latvian legionaries of division Waffen СС. In the morning, a column of demonstrators with flags proceeded from the Dome Cathedral to the Freedom Monument, where she laid flowers. Among the participants of the march were deputies of the country's parliament, as well as participants from Lithuania and Estonia. According to the police, which on this day is working in a strengthened regime, about two thousand people took part in the event. The march passed without serious collisions, in total five people were detained, administrative cases were started against two of them

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Day of restoration of independence marked in Vilnius http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/day-of-restoration-of-independence-marked-in-vilnius Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:50:37 +0200

A procession and a rally of nationalists took place in the center of the city. The procession went to Lukiysk Square, where a small rally took place. Participants of the march brought posters with the inscription "Lithuania - for Lithuanians" against the backdrop of a tricolor. Participants in the procession carried tricolors, historical flags of Lithuania, Ukrainian flags. For this slogan, the procession is most often criticized by representatives of the national minorities of the country. The Lithuanian Union of Nationalists and Republicans invited to take part in the procession of all residents of the country, for which national values ​​are important.

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On the 100th anniversary of Estonia's independence, a torchlight procession took place http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/on-the-100th-anniversary-of-estonias-independence-a-torchlight-procession-took-place Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:55:59 +0200

The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) organized a torchlight procession in the Old Town of Tallinn. The welcoming speech was delivered by EKRE Chairman Mart Helme. Then 2 thousand participants of the action, performing songs loved by Estonians, passed through the old city to Vabaduse Square, where they continued to sing.

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Independence Day parade on Tallinn's Freedom Square http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/independence-day-parade-on-tallinns-freedom-square Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:50:28 +0200

The occasion of the 100th anniversary of Estonian statehood was celebrated with a military parade on Tallinn's Freedom Square. The parade included some 1,100 participants and more than a hundred units of military equipment. The parade was led by Gen. Riho Terras, President Kersti Kaljulaid was present to greet the different units. All service branches of the Estonian Defence Forces were present in the parade as well as the National Defence College, the Baltic Defence College, the Guard Battalion, the HQ Support & Signal Battalion, the 1st and 2nd Infantry Brigades, Support Command, an anti-tank unit of the Defence League's Rapla region, a mortar unit of the Defence League's Harju region, the Women's Defence League, and two Defence League units of the Tallinn area. Cadets of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences participated as well. Estonia's NATO allies and other partners were represented as well, with officers of Finland, France, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Britain, Denmark, and the United States present. The British and Danish personnel marching in the parade belong to the two countries' units currently deployed to Estonia as part of the local NATO battle group.

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The disgraced president of the Bank of Latvia gave a press conference http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/the-disgraced-president-of-the-bank-of-latvia-gave-a-press-conference Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:06:31 +0200

President of the Bank of Latvia Ilmar Rimsevich will not resign in connection with allegations of corruption. He claims that he was the victim of a coordinated attack from several commercial banks, for which the figure of the president of the BL became "too uncomfortable." The events of the last week are a combined attack of several commercial banks on the head of the Bank of Latvia in order to discredit the Latvian state. The attack had two goals. First, to turn off the Bank of Latvia from the lawsuit, which will begin in the spring in the United States (we are talking about the lawsuit filed by Norvik to the Latvian state in the case of Winergy - Ed.). Secondly, to force the Bank of Latvia to render "doubtful assistance" in the amount of 1 billion euro to ABLV bank and thus continue to use the financial system of Latvia for money laundering. Banks, according to Rimshevich, coordinated their actions. Rimsevich connects his detention with the US decision to impose sanctions against ABLV Bank. Other banks, which Rimsevich does not name, wanted to settle with him for a decrease in incomes and other insults inflicted by the Bank of Latvia.

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On the monument to Soviet activists appeared red stars http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/on-the-monument-to-soviet-activists-appeared-red-stars Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:07:35 +0200

In Marijampole, the unknown painted a memorial of the murdered "forest brothers" to Soviet activists. Now the monument depicts a swastika and a five-pointed star. At the site of the monument in June 1946, the Lithuanian partisans ambushed the NKVD troops and shot a truck carrying Soviet activists. The police have already begun investigating the incident. Circumstances are being clarified.

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Head of the Bank of Latvia is detained http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/head-of-the-bank-of-latvia-is-detained Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:50:23 +0200

The head of the Bureau for Combating and Preventing Corruption, Jakob Straume, told the reasons for the detention of the head of the Bank of Latvia, Ilmars Rimshevich. According to Straume, Rimsevich is suspected of taking a bribe, the amount of which is not less than 100 thousand euros. An illegal act in the opinion of fighters against corruption happened several years ago.

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Lithuania celebrates 100 years of independence http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/lithuania-celebrates-100-years-of-independence Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:45:34 +0200

European leaders and royals gathered Friday in Lithuania, which is celebrating the centenary of its independence declaration with festivities and church bells tolling across the small Baltic nation. President Dalia Grybauskaite says "we got our statehood back," adding Lithuanians will continue making a country that is "safe and prosperous." The nation of nearly 3 million was part of the Russian Empire before declaring its independence in 1918. Lithuania was then independent until 1940, when it was occupied by the Soviet Union. It regained its freedom in 1991 and joined the European Union and NATO in 2004. The German, Polish, Finnish and Ukrainian presidents, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and European Union officials — including European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk — were present for Friday's celebrations of the 1918 signing of the Independence Act, which carried high notes of patriotism.

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Utria recon challenge held in Estonia http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/utria-recon-challenge-held-in-estonia Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:00:59 +0200

Twenty-four teams from the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps and the defense forces of Estonia, as well as from Finland, Latvia, Poland and the U.K. are to start the Utria Assault reconnaissance challenge at Ahtme, northeastern Estonia at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The biggest number of teams will be fielded by the Tallinn District of Kaitseliit -- one each from the North subunit, the Toompea and Kalev subunits, as well as a Naval Division women's team. The Scouts Battalion will field three teams and the Jogeva, Rapla, Parnu and Jarva districts of Kaitseliit two teams each, ERNA Society, which organizes the event, said. The length of the course is approximately 60 kilometers and the number of checkpoints this year is bigger than in previous years. Utria Assault has been held since 1999 to commemorate the largest landing operation of the Estonian Navy in the War of Independence that took place on Jan. 17-19, 1919. The aim of the operation was to support the advance of land forces towards the city of Narva. In the course of the operation Narva was liberated from Red Army troops.

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Japanese Prime Minister visited Latvia http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/japanese-prime-minister-visited-latvia Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:14:46 +0200

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Latvia, accompanied by a delegation of Japanese entrepreneurs. In Riga, Shinzo Abe met with the Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kuchinskis. During the talks, the heads of government discussed bilateral relations between Latvia and Japan, economic cooperation, relations between Japan and the EU, regional issues. Abe is making a European visit, during which he will visit Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.

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Shinzo Abe starts six-sation European tour in Estonia http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/shinzo-abe-starts-six-sation-european-tour-in-estonia Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:04:07 +0200

Japan's prime minister has kicked off a five-day European tour to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania — becoming the first-ever head of the Asian nation to visit those countries. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Friday in Estonia's capital of Tallinn, where he focused on cybersecurity and information technology issues. Tokyo has been increasingly worried about potential cyberthreats from North Korea and China, and is looking to learn from Estonia, whose public institutions and private companies were hit by a large-scale cyberattack in 2007. Following a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Abe said both leaders agreed about the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear arms program. He urged the international community to "maximize the pressure" on Pyongyang.

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LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball arrive to Lithuania http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/liangelo-lamelo-ball-arrive-in-lithuania Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:30:50 +0200

The brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball landed in rainy Lithuania on Wednesday night to start their career at a local basketball club. The 19-year-old LiAngelo and his younger brother LaMelo, who is 16, signed professional one-year contracts with BC Prienai last month. The brothers arrived with their father LaVar Ball, creator of Big Baller Brand. LiAngelo and LaMelo are expected to make their debut on Jan. 9, when BC Prienai hosts Tsmoki-Minsk in a Baltic league game. Most tickets for that night at the 1,200-seat arena have already been sold, according to the box office.

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