baltvideo.com http://baltvideo.com/ News video from baltic states Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:20:39 +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 Exercises «Tobruq Legacy 2017» held in Lithuania http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/exercises-tobruq-legacy-2017-held-in-lithuania Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:20:39 +0300

Multinational ground-based air defence exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 for the first time held in Lithuania was officially opened at the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base. The exercise will train interoperability among NATO ground based air defence units and refine airspace command and control procedures. The exercise aims at enhancing regional and international integration of joint units thus training and strengthening preparedness for a potential NATO collective defence scenario. Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 begins in July 11 to run until July 22 in Šiauliai district. The event will involve roughly 500 soldiers and 30 air defence systems of Lithuania and four more NATO allies – the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Latvia, and Poland. The total of roughly 1.8 thousand troops from 12 NATO allies are training in Exercise Tobruq Legacy. The host of Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 is the United States of America. This is the third time the Lithuanian Air Force is among the participants. In 2015 soldiers of the Lithuanian Air Force were for the first time training NATO air defence operations in a platoon-sized unit in the Czech Republic, in a battery-sized unit in Slovakia – in 2016, and this year representatives of the Lithuanian Air Force will practice joint actions with NATO allies and providing command to a ground based Air Defence Battalion-level unit.

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The festival Rendez-Vouz was opened in Jurmala http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/the-festival-rendez-vouz-was-opened-in-jurmala Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:41:51 +0300

On Thursday in the Latvian resort city of Jurmala the music festival Rendez-Vouz with charming Laima Vaikule opens. As the famous singer says, this festival is a meeting place for old friends. Among the invited celebrities are Valery Leontiev, Ilya Lagutenko, Leonid Agutin, Potap and Nastya, Valery Meladze, Vakhtang Kikabidze, Nani Bregvadze, Grigory Leps, ex-vocalist of the Smokie group Chris Norman.

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Gumball 3000 take the start in Riga http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/gumball-3000-take-the-start-in-riga Sat, 01 Jul 2017 20:06:04 +0300

Gumball 3000 2017 starts this Saturday in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The Gumball 3000 promises to be just as spectacular this year as it has been the previous years. Several celebrities including Afrojack will take part again in this year’s rally, which unconventionally only travels through the Eastern part of Europe. The Gumball 3000 has guided its participants through a fair share of Eastern European countries before, but never did the route go entirely through the East of Europe. On the first driving day the Gumballers will make their way from Riga to Warsaw, the capital of Poland. The second driving day takes the rally to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Budapest also hosted the rally during last year’s edition, where participants got the opportunity to push their cars to the limit on the nearby Hungaroring. The third driving day sees the rally travel to the beautiful and picturesque city of Dubrovnik in the very Southern tip of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik is famous for its Unesco world heritage sites and role as a set in the popular HBO Game of Thrones series. The next day the Gumballers will get to enjoy the scenic driving roads of Montenegro, and arrive in Tirana, the capital of Albania, in the evening. The day after the rally will reach Athens, the historical capital of Greece, before they make their way over to Mykonos. The Southern Greek island will mark the finish line of this year’s Gumball 3000.

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NATO battalion formed in Latvia http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/nato-battalion-formed-in-latvia Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:20:39 +0300

The NATO multinational battalion in Latvia officially started its activity on Monday at the Adazi military base. The official ceremony was attended by Latvian President Raymond Vejonis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The battalion includes soldiers from Canada, Latvia, Albania, Italy, Spain, Poland and Slovenia - totaling more than 1,000 people. "These combat groups serve a common goal - to protect our alliance and deter aggression," Stoltenberg said. Similar combat groups also formed in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland.

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There was a big fire in Jurmala http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/there-was-a-big-fire-in-jurmala Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:00:05 +0300

A fire of increased danger arose on a Sunday afternoon at a station for transshipment and sorting of waste in the Latvian resort city of Jurmala. Eyewitnesses reported that on Ventspils highway there are huge clouds of black smoke. When the firefighters arrived at the scene, it turned out that the plastic waste was burning. The total area of ​​ignition was 12 000 square meters. To help firefighters, two fire-fighting trains, a tanker truck of the State Forest Service and a helicopter of the National Armed Forces were sent. After more than 12 hours of extinguishing, it was possible to localize the fire.

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The Estonians asked not to bury the Russians in the local cemetery http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/the-estonians-asked-not-to-bury-the-russians-in-the-local-cemetery Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:55:12 +0300

According to the Estonian inhabitants of the city of Jõhvi, Slavic tombstones-monuments with massive fences and "plastic colors of screaming colors" destroy Estonian cemetery culture. Nearly 60 Estonians signed the appeal. In the opinion of the authors of the appeal, from the Soviet times in the cemetery in Jõhvi, the destruction of the Estonian cemetery culture - graves and tombstones. Only local deputies can approve this division.

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Roland Garros winner Jelena Ostapenko arrived in Riga http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/roland-garros-winner-jelena-ostapenko-arrived-in-riga Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:45:37 +0300

Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia shocked the tennis world when she defeated No. 3 Simona Halep in the Women’s Singles final arrived in Riga Ostapenko’s young age contributed to the surprise many had at the result of the match, as she’s 16 years younger than this year’s Australian Open winner, Serena Williams. Furthermore, Ostapenko was an unseeded player, ranking only No. 47 in the world. The last time such an event happened at the French Open was Margaret Scriven’s victory back in 1933. Ostapenko celebrated her 20th birthday on Thursday by becoming the first Latvian to reach a Grand Slam final after blasting past Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky in three sets.

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Laima showed outfits for festival Rendez-Vous http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/laima-showed-outfits-for-festival-rendez-vous Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:54:47 +0300

Latvian designers created stage outfits for the diva and style icon Laima Vaikule. Dresses will be used at the music festival Rendez-Vous. The presentation was also attended by designers: Alexander Pavlov, Natalia Jansone, Amoralle, Arvils Linde and Laura Seletska.
Laima Vaikule with her charm and charisma inspires for the creation not only musical, but also fashionable masterpieces. It will remain a secret, which of the outfits will be chosen for concrete performance, and how the singer will looks in the works of Latvian designers until the festival "Laima Rendez Vous Jūrmala 2017" starts.

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Russian spy is judged in Latvia http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/russian-spy-is-judged-in-latvia Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:09:45 +0300

Jelgava court began to consider the case of the worker of Latvijas dzelzceļš Alexander Krasnoperov, who is accused of spying for Russia. The court is held in closed session.  In the case of Krasnoperov court is caused more than 20 witnesses. Krasnoperov is offended being an employee of the LDz, he was engaged in collecting information of a military nature and containing a trade secret at the Jelgava railway station, which he then forwarded to Russia. The master reshooted videotapes about the movement of NATO military equipment across Latvia. A man faces imprisonment for up to ten years.

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Lithuania started to construct a fence on the border of Russia http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/lithuania-started-to-construct-a-fence-on-the-border-of-russia Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:25:58 +0300

Lithuania started on Monday to construct a fence on the border of Russia’s region Kaliningrad to counter smuggling and illegal migration. By the end of this year State Border Service expects to build almost 45 kilometers of fence alongside border with Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave. The first fence post was dug within village Ramoniskes in Sakiai region on Monday. The fence will cover the territory stretching from Lithuanian-Polish-Russian border node near Vistytys through Sakiai and Vilkaviskis regions up to Nemunas river. The main reason is to protect country from smuggling and illegal migration. The 2-meter height fence will also have additional equipment. The cost of works is estimated at 1,335 million Euros. The money was allocated from the budget. In addition, by 2020, Lithuania is planning to build a fence at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. Some 500 kilometers still need to be fenced, according to him.

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The population of Latvia is rapidly declining http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/the-population-of-latvia-is-rapidly-declining Tue, 30 May 2017 18:47:01 +0300

Central Statistical Bureau has presented results of population research for last year period. During 2016 Latvian population has decreased by 18.8 thousant people and amounted to 1.95 million people. It is almost one percent decreament per year.  The number of inhabitants of Latvia is falling every year starting from 1990, when it was 2.67 million people. So Latvia has lost 27% of its population during last 26 years. 

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Minivan "Latvia" went on a trip to Russia http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/minivan-latvia-went-on-a-trip-to-russia Sun, 28 May 2017 18:45:10 +0300

Ruslan Grigorovich is a fan of the products of the Riga Automobile Factory. In other words, a fan of the most famous model RAF-2203-06 "Latvia". His parents worked all their lives at the car factory and he himself was going to continue the dynasty, but Latvia withdrew from the USSR. 10 years ago, Ruslan Grigorovich bought the first car. More precisely not the car, but the body, because everything is rotten. The car was rebuilt. Then Ruslan also bought a second bead, then a third. Last year, cars passed the European test. It turned out that the Soviet one is really excellent. Now the most serious test: a trip to Vladivostok.

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Estonian peasant threatened NATO troopers http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/estonian-peasant-threatened-nato-troopers Sun, 28 May 2017 17:37:24 +0300

The 56-year-old resident of Lääne-Virumaa, Ivo Loonik, explained why he grabbed the gun when he saw the NATO soldiers during the "Spring storm" exercises. As it turned out, a few years ago the soldiers handed over the young trees by tanks. Last Tuesday, soldiers on armored vehicles passed through his yard, where two little granddaughters were playing. After that, the man lost his temper and grabbed the gun and shot into the air to drive out the soldiers. Now the defender of his property faces imprisonment for up to 5 years.

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Russian oppositionists gather in Vilnius http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/russian-oppositionists-gather-in-vilnius Fri, 19 May 2017 21:08:09 +0300

More than 100 politicians, civil society activists, academicians and journalists from various countries are expected to attend the fourth Vilnius Russia Forum, a two-day event starting in the Lithuanian capital on Thursday. The forum has been held annually since 2013 to discuss Russia's domestic and foreign policy issues, the human rights situation and the country's relations with the West, as well as Russia's development trends, its economic situation, the fight against Russian propaganda and other relevant issues, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said. This year's event is focused on popular moods in Russia and potential changes in these moods before of the country's 2018 presidential election, as well as other processes concerning the election, it said. Participants of the Vilnius Russia Forum include the Kremlin's critics Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Vladimir Kara-Murza, as well as Mikhail Kasyanov and Ilya Yashin, the leaders of the People's Freedom Party, or PARNAS, and Zhanna Nemtsova, the daughter of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered two years ago.

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Six NATO ships arrived in Tallinn http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/six-nato-ships-arrived-in-tallinn Sat, 13 May 2017 09:41:13 +0300

Six NATO warships belonging to two of the alliance's standing maritime Immediate Reaction Forces arrived in Tallinn on a planned port visit on Friday. The ship will take part in various exercises and events, stock up on supplies and allow crew members an opportunity to rest. Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1), led since last June by Estonian Navy Cmdr. Johan-Elias Seljamaa, currently consists of four minehunters: Estonia's EML Wambola (M311), which is currently serving as the group's flagship, Norway's HNoMS Hinnøy (M343), the U.K.'s HMS Ramsey(M110) and Belgium's BNS Primula (M924). Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) , led by Royal Norwegian Navy Commodore Ole Morten Sandquist, currently consists of two ships: the flagship HNoMS Roald Amundsen (F-311) of Norway and HNLMS Evertsen(F805) of the Netherlands.

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An exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/an-exhibition-dedicated-to-the-100th-anniversary-of-the-armenian-genocide Thu, 11 May 2017 14:20:34 +0300

The exhibition devoted to the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire is open in Riga ghetto museum. The organizers of the exhibition Latvian businessman Mkhitar Mkhitaryan and Jewish association "Shamir" said that genocide is a tragedy and people must remember about it so it will never happened again. Because of that in the center of Riga two expositions are located nearby - the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and the memory of the victims, destroyed in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. A few days later in the Museum of Latvian Holokaust will open another exhibition wich dedicated to the memory of the Roma that were killed during the Second World War.

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A protest against Soviet occupation in Riga http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/a-protest-against-soviet-occupation-in-riga Tue, 09 May 2017 20:01:25 +0300

A picket took place in center of Riga, not far from place where the Victory day is celebrated. Participants protested against the Victory day celebrations. As they said, the purpose of rally is to remind the consequences of the Second World War and Soviet occupation of Latvia. Such event held for the first time. There were 40 participants. They held posters with the inscriptions "Communism is the bloodiest ideology of all time", "Then - Stalin, now - Putin", "Not our victory". An incident occurred during the event. One of the picketers rudely tore of the St. George ribbon from one of the photographers. Municipal police detained both participants of the incident for further investigation.

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Riga hosted a huge fireworks http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/riga-hosted-a-huge-fireworks Thu, 04 May 2017 20:55:57 +0300

On the occasion of the day of the Independence Restoration Riga hosted a large fireworks show, which gathered tens of thousands of spectators. The spectacle lasted for half an hour to the delight of residents and guests of the capital.

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Latvia celebrate Independence day http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/latvia-celebrate-independence-day Thu, 04 May 2017 14:55:28 +0300

Latvia celebrates its 27 anniversary of the restoration of independence. On this occasion, military parade was held in Liepaja, Latvian, Canadian, American, and Belgian troops participating. Also recently purchased military equipment for Latvian army- including armored personnel carriers of the British CVRT was presented. In addition, over the heads of spectators American helicopters Chinook and Apache passed over, as well as two Polish F-18, which arrived from the base in Lithuanian Shaulai. Also a group of NATO ships: ENS Wambola (Estonia), three minesweepers: HNOMS Hinnoey (Norway), HMS Shoreham (UK), BNS Primula (Belgium) came to Liepaja.

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Laima Vaikule invites to a Rendez-Vous http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/laima-vaikule-invites-to-a-rendezvous Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:30:10 +0300

From 20 to 23 July in the concert hall "Dzintari" the international music festival Laima Vaikule Rendez-Vous in Jurmala will take place. This year the festival will be held for the third time. The festival has appeared thanks to the personal involvement and talent of Laima Vaikule. This year "on a date to Vajkule" are coming such staes as Valery Leontiev, Verka Angrity, Elena Vaenga, Igor Nikolayev, Leonid Agutin, Valery Siukin, Stas Mikhailov, Gennady Khazanov, ukrainian balet group  Freedom Balet

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