Contents tagged with Latvia

  • Latvian police seize assets under Magnitsky Act

    The Latvian State Police's Office for Combating Economic Crimes seized in February assets in the case of Sergei Magnitsky worth about $500,000, RuBaltic.ru reports.

    Police identified bank accounts and property in the $230 million money laundering scheme which was exposed by Sergei Magnitsky.

    "Latvian accounts were used for purchases by Russian citizens," the police said. Among the assets seized are two real estate properties in Latvia bought from Cypriot accounts. The bank account of a widow …

  • Latvia denies entry to Russian journalist

    Andrey Zakharov, a journalist for the Russian newspaper Izvestia, was denied entry to Latvia and, at Estonia’s request, his three year Schengen visa was also canceled, Izvestia reports.

    Zakharov had flown to Riga as part of a film crew on the morning of February 24. However, the Latvian border authorities denied him entry.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has said previously that, in recent times, Russian journalists are being subjected with increasing frequency to lengthy checks by police and …

  • Kyiv demands seizure of Gazprom’s assets in Latvia

    According to Gazprom's reports, Naftogaz of Ukraine filed a motion to the Latvian court to enforce the decision of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) in the case against the Russian gas giant Gazprom. The company is determined to recover $3 billion from the Russian gas giant.

    According to Gazprom, the court hearing on this claim is scheduled for the end of April 2020. At the moment, the company is considering ways to protect its interests.

    "On November 5, 2019 …

  • Latvia bans broadcasting of TV channels linked to Putin's friend

    Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) decided to stop the broadcast of nine TV channels in Latvia.

    According to the state-owned Latvian Television TV channel, "Vremya: dalekoye i blizkoye", "Bobjor", "Dom Kino", "Dom Kino PREMIUM", ""Muzika Pervogo", "O!", "Poyekhali", "TELECAFE" and "Peterburg – 5 kanal" were included to the list of banned TV channels.

    All the channels belong to a holding company whose beneficiary is Russian billionaire Yury Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk remains …

  • Putin's favorite singer banned entry to Latvia

    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs reported on his Facebook page that the famous Russian singer Grigory Leps (Lepsveridze) was banned entry to Latvia.

    "Taking into account the assessment of the security services in accordance to the migration law, I decided to include Russian citizen Grigory Lepsveridze in the list of undesirable persons of the Republic of Latvia, banning him entry to Latvia indefinitely," said Latvian Foreign Minister. Rinkēvičs did not give any other reasons for his …

  • Latvia: Russia is practicing blocking the Baltic Sea during Ocean Shield exercises

    During the Ocean Shield military exercises Russian army practices drills to block the sea routes to complicate NATO’s access to the Baltic Sea, reports LETA news agency, with reference to the Latvian Defense Ministry.

    The Russian military exercises are taking place from August 1 to August 9 in the Baltics, Norwegian and North Seas. More than 10.5 thousand soldiers, 49 warships, 20 support ships, and more than 50 military aircraft are participating in drills. Some of the ships that were …

  • Two Russian bombers spotted near Latvian border

    The fighters of the NATO air policing mission detected two Russian bombers near the Latvian border, reads the message of the Latvian National Armed Forces on Twitter.

    NATO's fighters confirmed that these were Su-24 fighter jets.

    "On August 1, air policing aircraft identified two Russian Su-24 fighter jets over the Baltic Sea near the territorial waters of Latvia,"  reads the message.

    Russian bomber was also seen over the Sea of Japan at the end of July. It violated the Japanese airspace …

  • Latvia blocks Kremlin-linked website because of threat to Ukraine's sovereignty

    Latvian domain administrator blocked the bestnews.lv website that is associated with the Russia Today news agency, reports RIA Novosti news outlet.

    Latvian national domain registrar explained its decision referring to the requirement of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, which said that baltnews.lv news outlet violates the decision of the European Union of March 17, 2014, on sanctions against Russia because of the annexation of Crimea.

    "Registration of baltnews.lv is a violation of the provisions …

  • Latvian military claims Russian ship was spotted near the country's border

    Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) stated that the Russian warship was seen near the country’s border on Sunday.

    "On June 16 Latvian Naval Forces identified the frigate Admiral Kasatonov (of Admiral Gorshkov-class) with the Board number 431 that belongs to the Russian Armed forces in the Latvian exclusive economic zone, in the distance of 18.5 nautical miles from the territorial waters, " — reports a statement of NBS on Twitter.

    Latvian authorities often detect Russian warships near their …

  • Latvian government to evaluate plan to mobilize the army

    On Tuesday, June 11, the Government of Latvia seeks to approve a plan for mobilizing the National Armed Forces (NAF). LETA news agency reports, citing the country’s Ministry of Defense, according to the law, the government approves the military-drafted plan for mobilizing the NAF every year.

    The mobilization plan is drawn up in case of exceptional circumstances or war. It explains how to have the NAF at partial or full combat readiness as well as establishes the leadership, duties, order and …