Posts tagged as Russian

Chinese, Russian, Belarusian security agencies all monitored Latvia in 2020

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The State Security Service (VDD) has prepared its annual public report on its activities in 2020, outlining the interest shown by the Russian, Chinese and Belarusian intelligence agencies in what’s going on in Latvia. “The Covid-19 pandemic created not only challenges but also opportunities for the intelligence agencies of non-friendly countries…  Actions by the responsible authorities during a pandemic event demonstrate a country’s readiness to deal with crisis situations and by studying its actions during this…

Lithuania’s 5G development hampered by Russia

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania has ended direct talks with Russia without reaching a deal on radio frequency used by its military, which remains an obstacle to the country’s 5G development. The Russian armed forces are using the 3.5 GHz frequency for its radars in Kaliningrad and the signal seeps into parts of Lithuanian territory. Vilnius has been calling on Russia to free up the frequency, which is needed to ensure effective coverage in…

Võru, Russia’s Pskov launch creative enterprise cooperation project

Monday, November 9, 2020

The southeastern Estonian county town Võru and the Russian regional capital Pskov on Thursday kicked off an international project in creative industry called “BestNest,” which aims to improve the competitiveness of the two cities and increase the entrepreneurial experience and know-how of artisans and people active in the creative industry. The project will encourage and support business start-ups which are using cultural heritage in their high-quality products to increase the…

Estonia’s mainly Russian stateless population continues to decline

Monday, July 13, 2020

The number of people in Estonia with ‘undetermined citizenship’ – held mainly by the country’s Russian-speaking residents that were not automatically given the Estonian passport after the collapse of the USSR – has fallen below 70,000. According to the population register data quoted by Estonian public broadcaster ERR News, 69,993 stateless people lived in Estonia as of July 1 this year, constituting around 6 percent of the country’s 1.3 million…

RAF TYPHOONS intercept Russian IL-20M near Lithuania

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s – currently deployed to Lithuania in support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission – have carried out their first intercept of a Russian military aircraft. The multi-role fighters – belonging to No 6 Squadron – launched from Šiauliai air base, Lithuania, on June 2 to intercept a Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS-RF) Il-20M Coot-A intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. A Typhoon pilot from No…

Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet to induct Karakurt-class corvettes armed with nuclear-capable Kalibr missiles, Pantsir-M systems

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Armed with the deadly Kalibr cruise missiles, Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet will soon induct six Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvettes. Four of the warships will also have the naval version of Pantsir-M close-in weapon systems. Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov made the announcement during the Baltic Fleet Day celebrations on May 18. According to a Russian Navy press release on Monday (May 18, 2020), Project 22800 missile corvette Odintsovo…

LRT English Newsletter: Russian trolls and fishy smells

Friday, February 14, 2020

Before we start in earnest, we found ourselves in Russian propaganda operation earlier this week. We knew something was fishy when a  story   on ‘missing’ Lithuanian conscripts started trending on Slovak anti-government Facebook pages. We dug deeper and found that a St Petersburg’s troll farm offspring used our story to attack NATO and target Slovakia – seen by Russia as a “weak link” in the Alliance. Now, for the…

Russian disinformation uses LRT English to target Slovakia

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

RIA FAN, a Russian  news   agency linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin behind the troll farm in St Petersburg, republished a story by LRT English. After changing the angle, the Russian translation is now being shared across Slovak disinformation groups on Facebook. The story of  missing   Lithuanian reconnaissance soldiers that evaded all forces sent to find them was translated into Russian, where the Lithuanian troops were referred to as a…

Stalin in Dress Caricature Pushes Russian Magazine Off the Shelves

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Russian history magazine featuring a 1939 caricature of Stalin in a wedding gown holding hands with Hitler on its cover has sparked a backlash that led at least one Moscow bookstore to pull the issue from its shelves. The latest edition of the Diletant monthly featured a colorized U.S. cartoon criticizing the Soviet Union’s signing of a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in the run-up to World War II. Named the…

Presidential aide calls for not using Klaipeda LNG terminal for Russian gas imports

Thursday, October 24, 2019

An advisor to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says the Klaipeda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal should not be used for Russian gas imports in the long term.  “From the long-term perspective, the terminal should undoubtedly remain an alternative supply channel and the capacities of the facility, which was built with Lithuanian consumers’ money, should not be given away to players from the East,” Jaroslav Neverovic told BNS.   If LNG prices are favorable,…