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Monday 19.08.2019 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

Vilnius synagogue open again after threats and protest

Amid a row in Vilnius over the memory Lithuanian freedom fighters, yet Holocaust-time officials deserve, the Jewish community of Lithuania has reopened its synagogue. It was closed earlier this week, after the community reported threats.

Navalny’s Russia anti-corruption organisation sees its accounts frozen

A court in Russia has frozen the bank accounts of an anti-corruption group that leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny established to expose the riches of senior government officials.

Constitution Protection Bureau concludes evaluation of Saeima deputies

The Constitution Protection Bureau has finished its evaluation of 13th Saeima deputies on possible issue of permits to access official secrets. However, SAB will not disclose which deputies aside from Aldis Gobzems have not been issued permits.

Defence Ministry: Russia’s military exercise plays out encirclement of Baltic Sea

Russia’s military exercises play out the encirclement of the Baltic Sea. Nevertheless, Latvia’s army remains on alert, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Finance sector’s representatives participate in crisis scenario exercise

Representatives of Latvia’s finance sector are taking part in an exercise organized by Defence Ministry to simulate a crisis situation. The exercise is meant to check the sector’s readiness to work in a potential state of emergency, the ministry confirms.

July’s inflation in Latvia reported at 2.9%

Compared to July 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.9 % in July 2019. Prices of goods have increased by 2.9 % and prices of services by 2.8 %. Compared to 2015, consumer prices have risen by 8.7 %. Prices of goods have increased by 7.0 % and prices of services by 13.0 % in July 2019.

Minister orders evaluation behaviour of police during fight in Krāslava

Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens has ordered State Police chief Ints Ķuzis and Internal Security Bureau chief Valters Mūrnieks to evaluate behaviour of police officers in relation to the fight in Krāslava after which a person died.

Latvian State Border Guard apprehends 22 perpetrators

On Wednesday, 7 August, Latvian State Border Guard apprehended a total of 22 perpetrators on the country’s external borders and interior territories.

Bank analysts predict July’s consumer prices in Latvia to drop 0.7-0.8%

Consumer prices in Latvia had declined 0.7-0.8% in July when compared to June, which means the country’s inflation has been around 3-3.1%, bank analysts predict.

Latvian minister starts meeting with Latvian residents to discuss territorial reform

Continuing public discussion of the upcoming territorial reform, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce will start meeting with Latvia’s residents starting with Wednesday, 7 August.

Shortage of medical personnel urges extraordinary meeting of Saeima’s committee

The shortage of medical personnel, which is something that came to light this week in Daugavpils regional hospital, has forced Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee chairman Andris Skride to schedule an extraordinary meeting next week.

Russian authorities challenge child custody of protest participants

Russian authorities seek to challenge the custody rights of parents, who came to a Moscow protest for fair elections. Prosecutors allege that the toddler had been put in danger as the parents had given it in the hands of a protester.

Latvian corruption watchdog suspects eight people of violations in Island Bridge project

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has asked the prosecutor’s office to raise charges against eight people for different crimes related to the reconstruction of Island Bridge. This includes Riga City Council’s Transport Department official Uģis Brožs.

Rīgas satiksme wants a council member with «spotless reputation»

Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme has announced a personnel selection process to pick the fifth company council member, according to information published in Latvian Herald.