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Eligijus Masiulis, a former Liberal Movement leader on trial in a major political corruption case, has failed to recover cash that was found and seized during searches of his home.

The Lithuanian Court of Appeals on Wednesday, July 18, dismissed an appeal filed by Masiulis’ defence lawyer against the Vilnius Regional Court’s decision of June 15 to extend the temporary restriction of the right of ownership for another three months. According to the case-file, 242,400 euros, 130 pounds and 1,600 US dollars were found during the search.

PM drops out of presidential ratings’ top three

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has dropped out of the top three of presidential candidates after trust in the head of government slid, the delfi.lt news website reports. Skvernelis was replaced by former diplomat Vygaudas Ušackas, representing the conservative opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats. His popularity rating remains unchanged and 6.7 percent would vote for him if a presidential election was held on the upcoming weekend. The first to two spots in the top three remain unchanged, with economist Gitanas Nausėda leading and Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis following.

Firm in trouble over waste hauled to Latvia

Financial Crime Investigation Service and Vilnius Regional Prosecutor’s Office have handed over to court a criminal case in which a Lithuanian company is suspected of sham managements of metal and other packaging, causing the State of Lithuania damage worth 6 million euros.

FCIS suspects that sham certificates on the collection and management of 5,845 tons of metal and other packaging waste were produced in 2013. The certificates could have been used by firms to evade taxes for environmental pollution, causing the Lithuanian state budget damage worth over 6 million euros.

Mission Siberia expedition leaves for Kazakhstan

Lithuania’s 17th Mission Siberia expedition is leaving for Kazakhstan on Thursday, July 19. Mission Siberia’18 participants are going to the Central Asian country after the Russian embassy refused to issue them with visas in late June, less than a month before their planned departure to places of deportation of Lithuanians in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk. Around 20,000 political prisoners from Lithuania were held in several tens of Gulag camps in what was then the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic.

Police detain «fashion photographer»

Vilnius police said on Wednesday, July 18, they have detained a man who is suspected of having lured young women into his apartment with promises of an international modelling career and then drugging and raping them. The suspect, named as A. A., born in 1989, would often appear in TV shows in Lithuania and would describe himself as an «Alpha man».

Companies to export meat to Hong Kong

Ten Lithuanian meat processing companies have been given the green light for exporting chilled and frozen beef and pork and beef and pork products. The Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service said on Wednesday, July 18, that it has received confirmation from Hong Kong’s competent authority. The ten companies are Utenos Mesa, Agaras, Krekenavos Agrofirma, Pajūrio Mėsinė, Agrovet, Biovela’s meat processing unit, Samsonas, Klaipėdos Mėsinė, Nematekas and Dora.

Company transfers money to fraudsters

A Lithuanian company has transferred 475,000 euros to fraudsters in Hong Kong. According to Vilnius County police, representatives of one join stock company turned to them, saying that 475,000 euros had been transferred to a bank account in Hong Kong. Police say the company’s representatives believed the money was going to the holding company for the purchase of a new enterprise.

Czech soldiers join NATO eFP battalion

Soldiers of the Czech Republic on Tuesday, July 17, joined the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (NATO eFP) battalion deployed in Lithuania. According to the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence, roughly 250 Czech troops will be serving within the NATO eFP stationed in Rukla. The NATO eFP Battalion Battle Group was deployed in Rukla in 2017 and is led by Germany. Personnel and weapons to the NATO eFP Battle Group are also contributed by Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, and Iceland. In total, the strength of the multinational unit is roughly 1,200.

Maxima Grupė receives BB+ credit rating

International rating agency Standard & Poor’s has assigned Lithuanian retail group Maxima Grupė, which plans to issue international bonds, a BB+ credit rating with a stable perspective. Maxima Grupė has become the first private company in the Baltic states and one of the few retailers in the Eastern and Central European region, which received and publicly announced an international credit rating. Maxima Grupė posted 2.806 billion euros in consolidated revenue last year, up 4.2 per cent from 2016, and its net profits jumped 2.1 times to 75 million euros.

Lithuanian Railways calls land buying tender

Lithuania’s state-run railway company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) has launched tender to buy out land for European gauge railway project Rail Baltica’s strip from the country’s second –largest city of Kaunas to the Latvian border. The winner will have to prepare projects and implement them. The submission deadline is Aug. 13. It was reported in 2017 that Lithuania’s Ministry of Transport had informed the owners of 2,031 land lots of planned land dispossession necessary for the Rail Baltic project.

Lithuanian to be taught in secondary schools in Ireland

Secondary schools in Ireland will offer Lithuanian language classes as of September. Following several years of deliberation, a pilot scheme will be rolled out in 2-3 schools, and later on such classes might be extended to 25 secondary schools with around 15 Lithuanian children on average. Lithuanian language classes would be optional and would be given over a period of two or three years. They would cover around 100 hours and would be aimed at children aged 12-16. Classes would be given to Lithuanians but non-Lithuanians with good command of the language could also attend them.

Agrorodeo sells grain directly to Saudi Arabia

Lithuanian-owned agricultural product trade company Agrorodeo has for the first time sold grain to Saudi Arabia, marking the first direct grain export sale to the Middle Eastern country by a Baltic company. The Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) has purchased 115,000 tons of wheat from Agrorodeo. Lithuanian grain was until now shipped to Saudi Arabia via Louis Dreyfus, ADM, Cargill, Bunge or other international corporations holding licenses for direct cereal exports to the market.


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