Posts tagged as Prison

Former Latvijas Krājbanka board members get prison sentence

Thursday, August 19, 2021

On Thursday, 19 August, Riga City Vidzeme District Court found former members of defunct bank Krājbanka board Vladimir Antonov and Ivars Priedītis guilty of all charges against them. Antonov was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment and seizure of property, while Priedītis was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and seizure of property, the Court of Justice reported. The Court also decided to recover more than EUR 27 million from Antonov and…

In Vilnius, Lithuania, a notorious prison becomes a cultural hub

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

In the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, a former prison has been turned into a cultural hub. Lukiškės prison, one of the most notorious buildings in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has reopened as a cultural cluster after being closed as a jail in 2019. The century-old prison, which attained global recognition after featuring as a shooting location for Netflix’s enormously popular series Stranger Things, has now been repurposed to host cultural…

EXCLUSIVE: Pregnant single mother raided by FBI faces over 30 years in prison

By Cassandra Fairbanks on Thursday, April 15, 2021

Felicia Konold of Arizona was on a road trip celebrating being alive after a bad accident left her with a broken back and half of her face ripped off in 2020. Konold had never travelled before, so for the first time in her life she has been taking road trips through the country that she loves so dearly with her brother — while also homeschooling her 10-year-old son. When Konold…

Two reporters face three years in prison in Belarus

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Two reporters for Belsat, a Belarusian network in exile part of the Polish state-owned media TVP, are facing up to three years in prison for their journalism work in Belarus. Journalists were arrested in Minsk on November 15, 2020 while broadcasting live from a demonstration. They were accused of organizing actions that violate public order For more details: LRT.LT LRT.LT

Lukiškės prison in Vilnius gears up for Netflix’s Stranger Things

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The fourth season of the Netflix drama Stranger Things will be shot in Vilnius, several sources told BNS on Thursday. The Lukiškės prison, which closed in summer 2019, is named as one of the filming locations. And although a contract with the TV series’ creators has not yet been signed, active preparations are underway and equipment is being installed, the sources told BNS. Lukiškės prison in central Vilnius / E.…

Vilnius prison tipped to feature in Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Lithuanian media reported last week that the new season of the hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ may be filmed in a defunct Vilnius prison. The Lithuanian Film Centre has not confirmed the reports, but says that foreign film and TV production in Lithuania has grown exponentially over the last six years. The news website Delfi said last week two “reliable sources” confirmed that several episodes of the series’ next…

Vacant prison in central Vilnius

Monday, November 18, 2019

Lithuania’s state enterprise Turto Bankas (Property Bank) will hold workshops next year to decide on the future use of the vacant prison in central Vilnius. The last inmates were transferred the century-old Lukiškės prison in late June. In July, politicians, businessmen and public figures discussed possibilities to house a startup center here, a cultural space, hotel or a tourist attraction. Turto Bankas decided to “organise a public forum and creative…

Ex-officer admits to sexually abusing kids in youth program

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A former Kentucky police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing two minors in the Louisville department’s now defunct youth program. The Courier Journal reports Kenneth Betts pleaded guilty in state court Monday to third-degree sodomy and admitted to sexually abusing the minors while he worked as a program adviser. His plea marked the end of the second criminal case stemming from sexual abuse in…

Startup hub, tourist attraction, hotel among ideas for closed prison in central Vilnius

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A startup hub, tourist attraction or hotel could appear in the territory of the Lukiskes prison in central Vilnius, which was closed in early July. Such ideas were voiced during a discussion involving politicians, businessmen and public figures on Tuesday. Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius called for the use of the opened-up space as quick as possible, saying that it should be open to all people. The six-building complex covers an…