Lithuania has ban entry to judges of the Russian Constitutional Court over decisions that legalized the annexation of Crimea. The Lithuanian decision drew an indignant reaction from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Six members of EU’s European Parliament from five political groups have this week blamed the European Commission for not acting on allegedly clear discrimination against homosexuals in Lithuania.
In Lithuanian TV, informative adverts are being broadcast encouraging the population to be wary of kind strangers and call a hotline to check on them as attempts to recruit spies have been uncovered.
The statisticians claim that, every day, 120 Lithuanians hop onto Scandinavia and Western Europe-bound planes in search of a better life. This month, Lithuania is likely to reach an ominous and heart-wrenching milestone with the country‘s émigré number expected to go over one million. To calm down the naysayers, the estimate is unofficial.
Former Lithuanian Interior Minister and head of police, Saulius Skvernelis, gained this week the backing Seimas and the Lithuanian President to become the country’s next Prime Minister. He has pledged to increase defence spending to the threshold required by NATO.
Four economy luminaries have opined this week on looming threats to Lithuania and its national economy in the months to come. Despite disagreements on the tack a new «peasants»-orchestrated government is about to take, leading economists have firmly concurred on a couple of developments.
BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during November 21-27
Just recently, now outgoing Lithuanian PM Algirdas Butkevičius could easily garner any support in Lithuanian legislature, Seimas. However, with Social Democrats playing now just second fiddle in a new-ruling Coalition, the SD leader failed to muster a necessary number of the MP’s vote to give him a seat of the Seimas’ Vice-Speaker.
Lithuania has stated that miscommunication had been the reason, why valuable U.S. donated rifles have been sold private individuals. Washington has requested an explanation, since a bilateral agreement bars Lithuania from selling American army guns to third parties.
Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. XI International Slavic Folk Festival «Pokrovskije Kolokola»
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A Vilnius court‘s decision to sentence to life in prison three former members of the Soviet special police unit OMON for murdering seven Lithuanian border guards and police officers at the Medininkai border checkpoint in 1991 did not give much solace to the families of the slain officers as the accused are free.
In a study as to how many emigrants are imprisoned in the prisons of other European Union member states, it has been estimated that Lithuanians make up the largest proportion, with Latvians and Romanians being next.
Lithuanian specialists are sharing their knowledge as to recognising and fighting Kremlin’s information campaign as the UK continues efforts to counter Russian attempts to influence British public opinion.
The Lithuanian government has on October 28 published a handbook as to advisable actions in case of emergency or war. In third such brochure since Russia added Crimea and its population to its territory, the tone is more serious and Lithuanians are instructed to recognise Russian military equipment.