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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian Railways to run pilot train between Klaipeda and Sovetsk

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Lietuvos Geležinkeliai will in early January run a pilot passenger train between the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda and Sovetsk, a border town in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The state railway company said on Friday, December 29, that it would operate the pilot service on January 5 and 7.

Linas Baužys, director of the company’s Passenger Transportation Directorate, said in a press release that whether a regular service between Klaipeda and Sovetsk would be launched in the future would depend on the results of the pilot project.

In Sovetsk, passengers will be able to change to a Russian Railways train going to Kaliningrad. Its timetable will be aligned with that of the Lietuvos Geležinkeliai train. The Russian operator says that the pilot project is part of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The Lithuanian railway company also plans to launch a passenger service to Daugavpils, in south-eastern Latvia, next year.

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Court acquits Central bank’s official who monitored bankrupt Snoras

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 Court upholds 9-yr jail term for judge’s daughter

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Statue of Lithuania’s national symbol Vytis to be erected in Kaunas by July 6

The mayor of Kaunas and the Vytis Support Foundation signed on Thursday, December 28, an agreement for a statue of the Lithuanian national symbol Vytis, originally proposed for Vilnius’ central Lukiškių Square, to be erected in Lithuania’s second-biggest city by July 6, 2018. Lithuania on July 6 celebrates its Day of Statehood to commemorate King Mindaugas’ coronation in 1253. Sculptor Arunas Sakalauskas, the author of the Vytis statue said that they expected the sculpture featuring a knight on horseback to be made in Ukraine by June.

Naftos Grupė execs get jail sentences

A court has sentenced former top executives of Naftos Grupė (Oil Group), an oil product forwarding company that was granted exceptional terms for the transshipment of oil products via Klaipėdos Nafta (Klaipeda Oil) in 2005 to 2010, to several years in prison and ordered them to pay the state-owned oil terminal almost 21 million euros in damages. The Klaipeda regional court’s ruling, which comes after seven years of investigation and trial, is likely to be appealed to a higher court. Another three people, including Klaipėdos Nafta’s former CEO Jurgis Aušra, have been sentenced to suspended prison sentences.

Law-enforcement end probe of activities of N-plant’s executives

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Lithuanians, Poles EU’s most favourable nations towards US

Residents of Lithuania are one of the European nations with the most favourable stance on the United States, shows the latest Eurobarometer survey. According to the survey, the positive attitude towards to the US was stated by 76 per cent of Lithuanian respondents, which is a decline by 7 percentage points from the fall of 2016. More positive opinions were only reported in Poland (79 per cent).

Seimas speaker, heritage protection chief mull preparations for papal visit

Lithuania’s Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis met this week with Diana Varnaitė, director of the Cultural Heritage Department, on Wednesday, December 27, to discuss preparations for the pope’s visit.

In her words, other topics on the agenda will include the condition of other heritage structures and the possibilities of taking care of the Seimas fountain. Pope Francis is scheduled to come to Lithuania next September. He will be the second Holy Father to visit the Baltic state. Pope John Paul II visited Lithuania in 1993.

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