Contents tagged with Latvia

  • Russia expels seven Slovak, Lithuanian and Estonian diplomats

    Russia expels a total of seven diplomats from Slovakia and the Baltic States. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that three employees of the Slovak Embassy in Moscow, two employees of the Lithuanian Embassy and one each from the embassies of Latvia and Estonia were declared persona non grata.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of these countries. They were given "letters of protest in connection with provocative, unreasonable decisions" to expel employees of Russian …

  • Latvia bans broadcast of 12 Russian channels

    Latvia has banned the rebroadcasting of 16 Russian channels, including REN TV Baltic, NTV Mir Baltic, Karusel International, NTV Serial, NTV Style, NTV Right, Kinomix, Our New Cinema, Native Cinema, Cinema Comedy, Cinema, KVN TV, Kitchen TV, Box TV and HD Life.

    The newspaper Delfi reports, citing the chairman of the National Council of Electronic Media (NEPLP) Ivars Abolins, that the council had not found an official representative of these channels in Latvia who could agree to their …

  • Latvia bans RTR Rossiya TV channel over hate speech against Ukraine

    The National Electronic Mass Media Council of Latvia (NEPLP) has decided to ban the broadcast of the TV channel "RTR Rossiya" on the territory of the country for a year. The decision will come into force on February 15.

    "We have protected, defended and will defend our information space," said NEPLP ‘s chairman Ivars Āboliņš, Delfi reports.

    Last summer, NEPLP noticed incitement of hatred in the program "60 Minutes" on "RTR Rossiya" and began the restriction process.

    When talking about Ukraine, …

  • Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania declare Lukashenko persona non grata

    Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs has added Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other high-ranking officials of Belarus to the list of people who are banned from entering the country. The foreign ministries of Estonia and Lithuania made the same decisions.

    The statement published on the website of the Latvian Foreign Ministry named the reasons for the sanctions and listed the names of the Belarusian officials.

    " Persons on this list are not permitted to travel to 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 …