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Candidates polish message ahead of poll
Candidates polish message ahead of poll
Inguna Sudraba enters politics...
RIGA - Latvia heads into the final stretch ahead of Parliamentary elections, with less than one month to go before voters go to the polls. They will be casting their ballots to elect 100 members, representing five constituencies, to the 12th Saeima. Candidate lists The Central Election Commission (CEC) on Aug. 6 approved and registered the final eight lists in preparation for the elections, putting the total at 13 candidate lists. Political parties Unity, Sovereignty, For Latvia from the Heart, United for Latvia, For Latvia’s Development, Freedom - Free from Fear, Hate and Ang...  Full story...
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 Aug 06, 2014 - ‘Old dogs’ try for seats in Saeima...
‘Old dogs’ try for seats in Saeima
RIGA - Political party United for Latvia’s founder Ainars Slesers, ex-prime ministers Ivars Godmanis and Aigars Kalvitis, and politicians Janis Straume and Janis Jurkans will become leaders of their party for the upcoming Saeima elections, reports LETA. Slesers informed the press that he will be the leader for the Riga region election ticket; Jurkans for Latgale Region; Straume for Ku...
 Jul 03, 2014 - Ilves, Berzins attend Battle of Cesis/ Vonnu celeb...
Ilves, Berzins attend Battle of Cesis/ Vonnu celebrations
RIGA - On Sunday, June 22, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves visited Cesis in Latvia, where he attended the 95th anniversary celebrations of the Cesis/Vonnu Battle with his Latvian counterpart Andris Berzins, reports LETA. The event was to celebrate the anniversary of the Vonnu Battle, which was won by combined Estonian and Latvian forces. The battle was significant. At the end of World W...
 Jun 04, 2014 - Prosecutor Jurkjane dismisses rape as ‘victim’s fa...
Prosecutor Jurkjane dismisses rape as ‘victim’s fault’
2 From wire reports, RIGA The women’s resource center Marta is “shocked” by the Prosecutor General Office’s view that in some rape cases, the victims have provoked the crime themselves, reports LETA. The organization feels that this raises doubts about the objectivity of criminal proceedings in Latvia. According to Marta, the organization sent a letter to the Pro...
 Jun 04, 2014 - Russian attitude study causes furor...
Russian attitude study causes furor
RIGA - Harmony Center’s Saeima members have addressed Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity), demanding that she explain the purpose of the reported confidential government research study to find out the Russian minority’s attitude toward Latvia, reports LETA. The newspaper Diena on May 15 revealed information about the Cabinet of Ministers ordering a secret study. “T...
 May 08, 2014 - KGB files: public after 2018...
KGB files: public after 2018
The KGB archives in Latvia will be made accessible to the public after scientific research of the documents concludes on May 31, 2018, according to amendments to the law on preservation of KGB documents and determining the status of former KGB operatives or informers in Latvia. Karlis Streips discusses issues around release of KGB archives According to Saeima Legal Affairs Committee'...
 May 07, 2014 - Riga City Council bans May 9 "Russian march"...
Riga City Council bans May 9
The Riga City Council's Executive Director Juris Radzevics (Honor to Serve Riga), following the Security Police's recommendations, has banned the association "Rodina" (Motherland - Russian) from organizing the so-called "Russian march" on May 9. The association said it would contest the municipality's decision in court. As reported, the Security Police ha...
 May 01, 2014 - Russian Foreign Ministry urged to study U.N. recom...
Russian Foreign Ministry urged to study U.N. recommendations
RIGA - Due to the increasing instability in eastern Ukraine today, orchestrated by Russia, say analysts in the West, the Latvian Transatlantic Organization (LATO) is calling on the government to endorse and submit to Saeima a strategy for increasing defense spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2020. The organization also wants the government to limit the number of temporary residence permits issued ...
 Apr 24, 2014 - Petrov’s Dogs:...
Petrov’s Dogs:
RIGA - “Petrov’s Dogs” is a visceral, morally alive, and empathetic series of canine portraits, in which viewers will recognise their own eyes glaring back. Ukrainian artist, Evgeny Petrov, has said: "I ​​paint what irritates me in reality. In the case of dogs, I often draw myself." Petrov exposes genres of mistreatment and inhame urban environments, in which...



 Sep 03, 2014 - Russia talks of new arms race...
RIGA - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to the Russian ambassador’s remarks on a radio talk show on Aug. 22 that NATO’s set...
 Sep 03, 2014 - Latvija in brief...
Despite concerns expressed by minority representatives in Latvia on the closing of mainly Russian-language schools, the number of minority schools ...
 Aug 06, 2014 - With ban upheld, Broka quits...
RIGA - Latvian Minister of Justice Baiba Broka (VL-TB/LNNK) at a press conference on July 28 announced that she has decided to step down from the p...
 Aug 06, 2014 - Latvija in brief...
The government on July 22 approved the participation of Latvian soldiers in military exercises in Ukraine, scheduled for September, reports LETA. T...
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