Posts published in Baltic states

LTV: Anti-graft force wants former central bank boss charged with witness tampering

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

On September 20, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) urged the Prosecutor’s Office to press criminal charges against former Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs and businessman Uģis Tabors for allegedly pressing a witness to give false testimony, Latvian Television reports. KNAB, without disclosing the names of the persons involved, informed that the criminal proceedings were initiated on June 14 of this year. The evidence obtained during the investigation shows that…

Producer prices rose 2.2 % in August

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau September 21 show that, compared to July, in August 2021 the level of producer prices in Latvian industry increased by 2.2 %. The level of prices of products sold on the domestic market increased by 2.5 %, and prices of exported products – by 1.9 %. Producer prices of products exported to euro area countries rose by 2.0 %, prices of products exported to non-euro area countries – by 1.8 %.…

Liepāja Art Forum offers autumnal dose of contemporary art

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

From September 24 to 26, Latvia’s third-largest city, Liepāja, is the place to head to for Liepāja Art Forum ’21, a celebration of contemporary art discoveries. Takig place for the seventh time, there will be contemporary music, visual and movement art, as well as two performance premieres for families and three cinematic artworks. The festival program features artists from Belgium, France, and Latvia, and it is traditionally organized by Concert Hall Great…

13 deaths, 494 new Covid cases in Latvia

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

On Tuesday, September 21, Latvia recorded 494 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Of the total number of positive cases, 384 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 110 were fully vaccinated.  The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 151,243.  Of 24,518 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 2 % were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000…

Covid infections up 28.9% on week, hospitalizations up 41%

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

In Latvia last week, a total of 3,448 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed, which is 28.9% more than in the previous week, according to  information  submitted to the government by the Ministry of Health (VM). Assessing last week’s cases of Covid-19 and the vaccination status of infected people, 2,738 people had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had not yet completed a course of vaccination, representing a total of 81% of all…

The Lembergs case: a ruling 14 years in the making

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

For well over a decade, a case has been making its way at a painfully, sometimes farcically, slow pace through the Latvian legal system. It involves one of the country’s best-known figures, the populist politician, businessman, mayor and alleged ‘oligarch’ Aivars Lembergs. As Latvian Radio reports, on 14 March 2007 media went mad when, locked in handcuffs, Lembergs was taken to the Riga City Center District Court, as prosecutors made their first moves…

The court case that has been running in Latvia for 30 years

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Latvia’s criminal justice system has a reputation for being extremely slow-moving, with several high profile cases lasting many years. While the average times for reviewing criminal proceedings in Latvian courts are actually improving each year and now it is possible to reach a court judgment in the first instance even within six months, certain categories of cases take much longer. There is one case that has been stuck at the court of first instance for…

Latvia had EU’s highest homicide rate in 2019

Monday, September 20, 2021

Latest data from European Union statistical agency Eurostat shows Latvia leading the EU for the number of homicides per head of population. In 2019, there were 3,875 police-recorded    intentional homicides   in the EU, the lowest number in the period 2008-2019 and a reduction of 32 % since 2008. But figures for intentional homicide in relation to the population size (police-recorded offences per 100,000 inhabitants) published September 17 show that in 2019, the…

What Would a NATO-Russia War Really Look Like?

Monday, September 20, 2021

Here’s What You Need To Know: Russia would need to size its invasion force to not only beat the local NATO forces in the Baltics but to fight the entire alliance and defeat a counter-attack. How would a war between Russia and NATO in the Baltics play out? Chances of a Russian invasion of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia appear fairly remote. Even the RAND Corporation, which has been particularly hawkish,…

Latvia added to Lithuania’s travel ‘red list’

Monday, September 20, 2021

Latvia is among the latest countries added to Lithuania’s travel ‘red list’, LRT in Vilnius reports . Luxembourg and Romania are also added to the red list in the latest weekly update. People coming from countries on the red list must self-isolate for ten days and get tested for Covid-19 unless they have recovered from the coronavirus in the past 180 days or have been vaccinated. Travellers arriving in Lithuania from…