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Residency permit plan burdens security services
Residency permit plan burdens security services
RIGA - Despite the economic benefits, residency permits granted to persons from Russia can increase risks to Latvia’s security, say the Security Police, reports LETA. During a Saeima Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee meeting on Sept. 24, committee members analyzed a report delivered on Sept. 23 from the Interior Ministry on the residency permit process and its results. Security Police Chief Ints Ulmanis told committee members that the verification process of those applying for residency permits has become a burden to the Security Police, as its capacity...  Full story...
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 Sep 03, 2014 - Candidates polish message ahead of poll...
Candidates polish message ahead of poll
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 election...
 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 ...



 Oct 01, 2014 - NATO troops require additional...
RIGA - The Defense Ministry said it will need additional funds to host NATO forces in Latvia, while calculations on total costs are still being dra...
 Oct 01, 2014 - Latvija in brief...
Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma declared on Sept. 24 that investigation of the Maxima-Zolitude roof collapse disaster is still the top priority f...
 Oct 01, 2014 - Politicians brush off pre-elec...
RIGA - Weary voters this Saturday will trudge to the voting booths to select representatives for Latvia’s next - the 12th - Saeima. From exis...
 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...
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