Contents tagged with Latvia

  • Latvian embassy attacked in Moscow

    On May 9, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs stated on Twitter that the Latvian embassy in Moscow had been attacked.

    In his post, he wrote: “Embassy of Latvia in Russia was attacked this evening, two persons have been detained, Latvia strongly condemns such provocations and demands Russia to fully ensure security of Latvia’s diplomatic missions in accordance with international law.”

    According to RIA Novosti, an unregistered party calling itself “The Other Russia” reported that its …

  • Latvia detects Russian warships near its territorial waters

    The National Armed Forces of Latvia detected two Russian warships near the country's borders.

    "In the Latvian exclusive economic zone, five nautical miles from territorial waters, the Naval Forces identified a Steregushchiy-class frigate of the Russian Navy on April 28,” the message of the Latvian National Armed Forces reads.

    In addition, eight nautical miles from the territorial waters of Latvia, a Gorin-class Russian tugboat was spotted.

    Latvia regularly reports on the Russian warships …

  • Leader of Russian diaspora arrested in Latvia

    The head of the Center for the Protection of Russian Schools, Alexander Gaponenko was arrested in Latvia, on April 21, reports Delfi news outlet.

    According to Delfi, Gaponenko is also the leader of the social movement "The Congress of Non-Citizens" in Latvia.

    “The purpose of my arrest is to stop the fight to defend Russian children and their right to education," Gaponenko said.

    During the court hearing, which was closed to the public, the pro-Russian activist accused the Latvian law …

  • Latvia demands explanations from Russia about missile launches near Latvian coast

    Latvian Defense Minister, Raimonds Bergmanis, stated that Latvia expects explanations from Russia regarding two scheduled training missile launches planned by Moscow in the Latvian exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea. Despite being planned, the launches did not go through.  

    The Minister emphasized that the airspace over the Baltic Sea is heavily used for air travel. Therefore the predictability of such exercises is an important factor for air safety.

     “We want information from the …

  • Latvia urges its citizens not to be afraid of Russian military exercises

    Latvian deputy Artis Pabriks assured the general public that there was no reason to be afraid of Russian military exercises. "We aren’t afraid of Russian military exercises. We will keep an eye on them, and remain vigilant and confident in ourselves, our state and our freedom. Don’t let them ruin Easter for us," he wrote on Twitter

    Russian naval forces informed Latvia that it would conduct training launches of missiles in the Baltic Sea from April 4 to 6. The Russian Federation asked Latvia to …

  • Russia to conduct tests missile launches near Latvian Baltic Sea coast

    Russian naval forces will conduct training launches of missiles over the Latvian Exclusive Economic Zone in the Baltic Sea from April 4 to 6, as reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense, reports DELFI new agency.

    The report states that the missile launches will take place between 4 pm and 8 pm. The Russian Federation asked Latvia to close the airspace during this period to an altitude of 18 km in the missile launch zone and at a distance of about 40 km from the coastline of Latvia. The …

  • Latvian Parliament passes bill prohibiting high schools from teaching in languages of national minorities

    The amendments to the Latvian Law on Education, involving the abolition of bilingual education in schools, have undergone the third and final reading in the Saeima or Latvian Parliament.

    According to Delfi news portal, 58 deputies voted in favor of the bill while 18 voted against it. It must now be approved by the President.

    The plans of the Ministry of Education and Science indicated that transferring to a new model of education will begin in the 2019-2020 academic year and will be completed …

  • Latvian citizen charged with engaging in espionage for Russia

    The Prosecutor’s office of the Vidzeme Judicial District of Latvia indicted a Latvian citizen for committing espionage for Russia, as reported by Delfi on March 11th, citing the press service of the Latvian Prosecutor's office.

    On February 26th, law enforcement officials provided documentation to the Prosecutor’s office regarding the illegal collection of classified materials with the intent to transfer them to a foreign state and the illegal possession of weapons and ammunition. The Press …

  • Head of Latvian counterintelligence speaks of 'quiet deportations' to Russia

    The Bureau for the Defense of the Constitution of Latvia (country's counterintelligence) "quietly" deports people from time to time, mainly to Russia, as reported by the Head of the Bureau, Jānis Maizītis.

    "The main task of the Bureau is intelligence and counterintelligence, but we cannot always talk about the beginning of a criminal prosecution in this race of the security services. There are cases reported of expulsion from the country but there are also the so-called quiet deportations. In …

  • Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs bans entry to 49 persons named in 'Magnitsky list'

    The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has banned 49 persons named in the Magnitsky list from entering the country, as announced by Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs, on his Twitter feed.

    "Pursuant [to the] resolution of [the] Saeima (Parliament of Latvia), and based on Immigration law, I have banned 49 individuals from entering the territory of the Republic of Latvia, sending [a] clear signal that rule of law and human rights matter," Rinkēvičs wrote.

    In early February, …