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LTV: those involved in «cigarette mafia» scandal have ties to Ušakovs’ ex-advisor Dzanuškāns

Riga Central Market’s «cigarette mafia» scandal’s participants reach all the way to ex-Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs’s advisor Jānis Dzanuškāns, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.

Estonia’s contribution to NATO budget to grow by EUR 200,000

As smaller NATO member states are agreeing to contribute more to the NATO joint budget as the U.S. seeks to pay less, Estonia has announced raising its annual contribution by 200,000 euros.

Natural gas tariffs to reduce for Latvian households next year

Starting with 1 January 2020, Latvijas gaze will reduce natural gas tariffs, according to the official publication in the Latvian Herald.

PHOTO: Christmas tree lights up at Dome Square in Riga

Like every year, a Christmas market has opened at Dome Square in Riga. And in its centre stands, quite possibly, the most beautiful Christmas tree in Riga to cheer both local and foreign guests.

China introduces sanctions against U.S. over Hong Kong

China has introduced sanctions against U.S. organisations in response to Washington imposing sanctions over Beijing’s conduct in Hong Kong.

Bank of Latvia advised to use an international selection process to pick the next governor

Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns believes the search for a new governor for the Bank of Latvia should be performed through an international personnel selection process to thereby ensure transparency.

Nekā personīga: drop in Russian freights may put at risk railway electrification in Latvia

It is expected freight volumes in Baltic States will reduce as a result of Russian transit businesses diverting their freights to the country’s own ports. This creates risks for the long-awaited railway electrification project in Latvia, as reported by TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

Russia: Coming Normandy summit to include Putin- Zelenskiy conversation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has confirmed that the long-prepared meeting of the presidents of Ukraine, Russia, France and the German Chancellor will take place on December 9.

Kaspars Podiņš suspected of taking no measures in Olainfarm case and stalling other national level cases in VID

The non-existent investigation of the Olainfarm money laundering case and delays with Dinaz and Dīlers may be the responsibility of the State Revenue Service Taxes and Customs Office Chief Kaspars Podiņš. And yet he has been picked to be promoted to general.

Floods in France turn tragic

Southern France has been hit by floods, where two civilians and three rescuers have died.

Mass protests in Poland voice solidarity with judges

In Polish cities and towns, several thousand people have gathered in protests to express solidarity with judges, who, according the organisers and participants of the protests, face intimidation after reforms.

Week in Lithuania: Seimas lowers election threshold, youngsters vandalise mosque, Vinted claims «unicorn» status

Last week, in Lithuania, the key news stories were Seimas lowering Lithuanian general election threshold, youngsters vandalising a mosque and online second-hand clothing marketplace Vinted claiming a «Unicorn» status for start-up value.

BNN summary of the week: Cigarette mafia. Promises in Riga City Council. Rail Baltica in danger

Last week’s so-called cigarette mafia scandal really took off – the actual volumes of this illegal activity were revealed thanks to work performed by journalists and police. The revelation appeared as something from the ‘90s – not only contraband cigarettes but also different currencies of case, firearms, ammunition and complete contempt for the law.

Prime Minister says Istanbul convention’s ratification lacks majority support in Saeima

There is not enough support in the Saeima for the ratification of the Istanbul convention, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš during a joint press-conference with his Slovak colleague Peter Pellegrini.

In pictures: Global Climate Strike gathers tens of thousands

In the Global Climate Strike, held on Friday, November 29, large numbers of people have gathered in many countries to require governments to act to reduce the emissions of green-house gases.

Cigarette scandal forces Riga Central Market cut ties with shadowy company

Riga Central Market’s board has terminated its contract with LLC Tirdzniecības nams in Latgale suburb over the fact that police found contraband cigarettes on the territory the company was managing, as reported by the central market.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia declines 0.4% in October

Compared to October 2018, total retail trade turnover fell by 0.4 % in October 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products remained at the level of the previous year, but turnover of retail trade in non-food products except for retail sale of automotive fuel increased by 0.3 %, turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – reduced by 3.2 %.

Latvia’s gross domestic product increases 2.9% in October

Compared to Q3 2018, the gross domestic product, based on seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data, increased by 2.9 % in Q3 2019. In Q3 GDP at current prices was EUR 8.1 billion.

Ex-LDz chief Magonis claims 500 000 euros was payment for lobbying interests

The ex-chairman of state company Latvian Railway Uģis Magonis has testified in court that the EUR 500 000 was paid to him not as a bribe but as payment for lobbying the interests of Estonian millionaire Oleg Osinovsky’s indirectly owned companies’ interest in Russia, as reported by public media lsm.lv.

Estonian economy grows 4.2% in Q3 on year

Estonian gross domestic product has grown in the quarter three of 2019, compared to the respective period of 2018, by 4.2%, the official statistics of the Baltic country indicate.

Nurse in Germany sentenced to life in prison after attacks on babies

A court in Germany has been sentenced to life imprisonment after found guilty of attempted murder of prematurely-born infants. It was found she administered unnecessary injections to three babies in her care.

Justice Minister suspects «high level» cover of illegal cigarette business

Law enforcers’ failure to put a stop to circulation of illegal circulates raises suspicions about «high level» cover of this criminal activity, said Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

The European Parliament has passed a resolution, where it calls on Russia to stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance.

Excellent reputation and «backbone» – qualities Latvia’s next prosecutor general should have

Some of the potential prosecutor general candidates have no desire to stand candidate or they refuse to publicly comment their decision in the event of them being offered such an opportunity.

Turkey blames NATO ally France for siding with «terrorists»

French President Emmanuel Macron «sponsors terrorism», Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said a week before a key NATO summit next week.


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