Category Archives: Latvia

Brian Bonner: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Latvia Bans Russia’s RT ‘Propaganda’ Channels

Latvia on Tuesday banned a number of Russia’s RT television channels from being distributed in the Baltic state because of international sanctions against the head of the Russian state television network. Latvia’s media watchdog, the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP), notably banned RT’s main English-language broadcast service, its Spanish and Arabic counterparts, the RT Documentary channel, as well as the HD

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Latvia Arrests Spy Working for Russia

Latvia said Monday a citizen thought to be working for Russia has been arrested for trying to recruit a secret service officer to spy for Moscow. “The agent… contacted the Latvian officer to try to recruit him into handing over classified material that could then be used by Russia’s secret services against Latvia but the agent has been arrested instead,” Latvia’s security service

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Sanctions on the Spotlight: Disinformation Targets Latvia

Disinformation framing Latvia as Russophobic is part of a long-term campaign, this time resurfacing due to implementation of US sanctions.  Starting from December, pro-Kremlin outlets have been targeting Latvia and accusing it of Russophobia and of acting as a US puppet and a failed state, new analysis by the Centre for East European Studies (CEEPS) has found. The report analyses the

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Russia’s return to PACE has not promoted improvement in conflict in Ukraine – foreign minister’s report

RIGA – Restoration of Russia’s voting rights at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has not promoted progress in solutions to the conflict in Ukraine, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics in his annual report. In the section on geopolitical situation, the minister said that restoration of Russia’s voting rights at PACE damaged the authority of the

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Latvian watchdog bans nine Russian TV channels

Kovalchuk is a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to media reports. Latvia’s broadcasting watchdog has suspended nine Russian TV channels owned by Yuri Kovalchuk, a Russian oligarch under EU sanctions for his role in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Similarly as in Lithuania, Russian channels were previously banned in Latvia due to their content, but it’s the first

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