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In pictures: Riga goes blonde!

In pictures: Riga goes blonde!

RIGA — This weekend marked Riga’s second annual Go Blonde Parade, and the fair-haired young women of Latvia were out in force. “People admire, envy, and make jokes about us, but nobody remains indifferent! Why?” wonders Olga Uskova, one of the founders of the Latvian Association of Blondes. Well, it is certainly a good distraction […]

Little fluffy clouds

Little fluffy clouds

VILNIUS — Did you look up at the sky when you were a child and imagine what the clouds looked like? It’s common across cultures, and even as adults it’s fun to bring out the “inner child” sometimes and look up at the beauty of the sky. In the Baltic states you can notice a […]

In pictures: spring blossoms in Baltics

In pictures: spring blossoms in Baltics

VILNIUS — It’s been over 20˚C at some point during this week in all the Baltic states, which means the warm weather season is officially here. In our last weekend edition, we put up a photo of flowers, and although that was recent we’ve put together a gallery of more spring images. Yes, going out […]

In pictures: Baltic presidents in Moscow

In pictures: Baltic presidents in Moscow

MOSCOW — This weekend marked the first time in five years a Baltic head of state attended the annual May 9 celebration in Russia of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in WWII. Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Latvian President Valdis Zatlers were both invited by the Russian government to attend, and got […]

In pictures: Saturday’s anti-gay protests

In pictures: Saturday’s anti-gay protests

VILNIUS — Outside of the police barriers Saturday, anti-gay protesters were throwing smoke bombs, rocks, bottles and yelling chants such as “pederasts,” “homo Nazis” and “homo diktatura” (“homo dictator”). More than 1,500 people watched Lithuania’s first gay parade from outside the barriers, although most were not participating in the anti-gay demonstration. Indeed, the parade proved […]

In pictures: Vilnius gay parade

In pictures: Vilnius gay parade

VILNIUS — Saturday’s gay parade was a landmark event for the rights of sexual minorities in Lithuania, marking the first time a pride parade was allowed to occur by the Vilnius municipal government. Conservatives in the predominantly Catholic country had repeatedly tried to block the event, but it finally went ahead after a temporary permit […]

Latvia ahoy!

Latvia ahoy!

RIGA — Latvian orphans got a rare treat Wednesday when they got a tour of the U.S.S. Kauffman, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate docked in the Port of Riga this week. Earlier in the week the U.S. Navy vessel participated in training exercises with the Latvian military, but Wednesday it was all fun and games. […]

In pictures: the Nõmme market fire

In pictures: the Nõmme market fire

TALLINN — The historic Nõmme market building, which was recently renovated, went up in smoke late Thursday evening in Tallinn’s Nõmme borough. While the municipal government has promised to reconstruct the building, it’s obvious they’ll have to start all over considering the total damage these photos by Baltic Reports photographer Kai Joost show. The wooden […]

A look at the brutal past

A look at the brutal past

VILNIUS — One of the most important thing for a foreigner to see in Eastern Europe are the occupation museums. Vilnius’s Museum of Genocide Victims, also referred to as the KGB Museum, features a preserved KGB prison for Lithuanian dissidents against the Soviet regime as well as numerous exhibitions detailing the ordeal the country went […]

Jazz night at Woo

Jazz night at Woo

VILNIUS — The Vilnius club Woo has regular Monday jazz sessions, which is one of the best opportunities to see live jazz music in Lithuania. The next one will be this upcoming Monday night, and will feature S Cabaret S with the talented Simona Smirnova on vocals. Entrance is 10 litai and the show starts […]

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