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Did Sweden’s Bonnier Group inadvertently pump cash into Latvian political faction’s black war chest?

Did Sweden’s Bonnier Group inadvertently pump cash into Latvian political faction’s black war chest?

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Free Speech Emergency in Latvia. I have written this as a “dream” on my Latvian language blog, but in fact it is credible version of what may have happened in the controversial divestment by  Sweden’s Bonnier Group of the Latvian media group AS Diena and […]

Mine eyes have seen the glory

Mine eyes have seen the glory

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Baltic Features. As every sub-editor knows, a fresh pair of eyes makes all the difference. Many are the times that I’ve written, re-written, read and re-read a feature until it is as close to perfection as possible only to realise some time later that the […]

Latvia puts anti-repression protest organizer on trial

Latvia puts anti-repression protest organizer on trial

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Free Speech Emergency in Latvia. CORRECTION: It seems Janis Kuzins organized a second protest on May 13 near the Latvian Prosecutor’s Office, a few hours after the chalk action. The organizer of that protest at the Cabinet of Ministers is also being charged. The Riga […]

Accumulate aiming for the Baltic market?

Accumulate aiming for the Baltic market?

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Telecoms in Latvia. The Swedish-based secure mobile payments company Accumulate is looking to the Baltic market, says CEO Stefan Hultberg. I met with him at Accumulate’s Stockholm office in mid-June, but only got around to editing the video today (July 8). The reason — I […]

Latvia: Moving toward a “police state lite?”

Latvia: Moving toward a “police state lite?”

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Free Speech Emergency in Latvia. I’m putting some pieces together, maybe too few, maybe not enough, but it is looking more and more like Latvia is drifting toward becoming a “police state lite”. Let’s look at what has happened in recent weeks. A court lifted […]

Swastikas on Lithuanian dairy products in Russia

Swastikas on Lithuanian dairy products in Russia

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of With a Grain of Druska. This is a translation of an article that I found on Delfi.lt. The article can be found here. I’ve edited things a bit to avoid some repetition. The article is dated 31 May. “Photos taken in Russia show Lithuanian products […]

Riga hotel removes “Gay Pride” photos during gay-related conference

Riga hotel removes “Gay Pride” photos during gay-related conference

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Failed State Latvia? The management of the Hotel Alberts in Riga ordered the removal from a bar area to elsewhere of a photo exhibit of last year’s Pride event in Riga that was to be displayed during a low-key conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and […]

Pink power

Pink power

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Baltic Features. Usually I rather begrudge working Saturdays, but not today. I admit I am not one of those journalists who are themselves news junkies, living life as a caffeine-fuelled spasm from one update to the next. Full of a pathological determination to get their […]

Latvian Mobile Telephone to launch 4G demo on June 7

Latvian Mobile Telephone to launch 4G demo on June 7

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Telecoms in Latvia. Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT) will launch a demonstration of 4G mobile technology on June 7, according to an invitation sent to the press. According to information available to this blogger, the actual test network will be set up in another Latvian city, […]

Latvian state language agency head denounces academic to Security Police

Latvian state language agency head denounces academic to Security Police

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Free Speech Emergency in Latvia. Based on media published excerpts of an interview by Sergejs Kruks, an academic researcher, the head of the Latvian State Language Agency (Valsts valoda aģentūra/VVA) Jānis Valdmanis, denounced the researcher to the Latvian Security Police, who summoned Kruks for questioning […]

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