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The devil’s trap

Latvia is experiencing another political scandal. Oppositional political Association “the Consent Center” under the leadership of the mayor of Riga Nile Ushakov ahead of presidential elections put forward as their candidate is known and respected in the country man — the former head of the Latvian Union of Baptist communities, Bishop pēteris Sproģis. However has not passed also two weeks as he was forced to withdraw his candidacy. Those who yesterday put Sproģis an example to all other public figures, with the same zeal began to persecute and accuse him of having ties with Moscow. “the Tape.ru” understood, as Mr Bishop has become a “Kremlin agent”.

In the near future in Latvia there are two events that will determine the future of the country for the next few years: in October 2018 parliamentary elections will be held in June 2019, the presidential. Among those who will try to break the political Olympus will be a “Center of the Consent” with its largest parliamentary faction, and consistently high rating.

But the ruling coalition of “Soglasie” year after year is not allowed in the party is a lot of Russian, so it is constantly accused of having ties with Moscow. The leader of the Association nil Ushakov is trying to get rid of the image of “Pro-Russian” policy last year, “the Consent Center” has even come from the cooperation agreement with the United Russia, but actively seeking contacts with influential American politicians.

the staff of the Latvian “Centre for investigative journalism Re: Baltica” and the American portal Buzzfeed.com found out that Ushakov hired authoritative political adviser, Christian ferry, which in the recent past worked with the senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

In an interview with reporters, ferry said that helps the mayor of Riga with the strategic decision-making, the development of political programs and analysis of public opinion. Afterwards, the journalists asked whether ferry moral discomfort when working on “the Consent Center”, which recently “openly expressed sympathy for Russian foreign policy.” In response, the consultant chided reporters that they have forgotten how the mayor has publicly condemned what is happening in the South-East of Ukraine and said that it considers Crimea as its integral part.

And recently, “the Consent Center” has submitted a list of candidates for Ministerial posts — it demonstrates a clear desire to win the sympathy of the ethnic Latvian electorate. There are a lot of people with Latvian surnames and politicians who have taken part in Ministerial posts as part of other ruling parties. The presence of these individuals as if signaled by Latvian parties that “the Consent Center” — “your”, and you can work with them and negotiate.

However, the most powerful move Christian ferry became the presidential candidate of the “center of the Consent” Bishop pēteris Sproģis. It was assumed that this is the man who will be able to reconcile the Russian and Latvian voter. In addition, the President Sproģis well in the United States, relations with which Latvia considers as its foreign policy priority.

Sprogis was born in Ventspils in 1973, at 16 years old was baptized and entered in the city’s Baptist community. Theological education and a master’s degree he received in the Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia. During her studies, the future Bishop got useful connections and acquaintances in the United States. Since December 1996, he served as a preacher in Riga Baptist community of Saint Matthew, and in 2002 he was ordained a pastor. Four years later, by decision of the General Assembly of the Union of the Baptist communities of Latvia Sprogis received the title of Bishop, becoming the youngest head of this organization. Sprogis re-elected three times to this post and 12 years headed the Latvian Baptists — influential enough in the country community.

Sproģis was considered one of the most respected and charismatic priests Latvia. In 2012, he suffered a heavy loss: the death of his four year old daughter. Then at a prayer Breakfast, he delivered a passionate speech, saying that the incident has not shaken his faith in the Lord.

the Bishop has repeatedly spoken out on political issues — and he immediately took a conciliatory stance, trying to extinguish the conflict between Latvian and Russian communities. He criticised the complete “laterization” Russian schools, condemned the corruption rampant in the higher echelons of power, called politicians to think more about protecting the interests of Latvia, but not about how to get a good position in the structures European Union. All this allowed him to gain the respect of many voters.

In may 2018 at the annual Congress of Baptist communities of Latvia, was elected the new Bishop, and freed from their duties Sprogis soon proposed to go into politics. He agreed, not even knowing what the test will be for him to attempt to engage in political activities. Sprogis has declared its readiness not only to run for President in 2019, but to head the list “Consent Center” from the Vidzeme region, in the next parliamentary elections. However, as soon as the news of the nomination was made public, his world, as later told the Bishop, suddenly collapsed. It was not a criticism, began a real persecution — and participated in it, and ordinary citizens and famous people.

“I’m in shock. But “Consent” came Oh, how wise: your rankings will rise due to the popularity of the Bishop Sproģis. Oh, Peteris, Peteris…” — lamented the journalist Elita veidemane.

“Peteris, whom I respect a lot: why do you destroy my faith in good?” — asked historian Victor Dabolins.

“So artfully. Terribly”, — commented on the decision Sproģis former parliamentarian, doctor of Philology Vineta Porina.

“I seen a lot, but can’t understand what higher or rather lower forces forced the priest to choose Sproģis “Consent”?” — surprised the MEP from Latvia Artis Pabriks.

“Another kangar (character of Latvian folklore, symbolizing the betrayal, Prim. “Of the tape.ru”),” commented parliamentary Secretary Ministry of justice Janis Iesalnieks. And this is only the mildest of remarks about the Bishop, “to sell the Pro-Moscow party.”

“I became a traitor for many Latvians”, — with bitterness spoke then Sprogis. The Bishop made a public attempt to explain his decision, saying that what he’s running from the “Russian” party, does not mean the abdication from national ideals. “Do they think that I can buy? I always believed that Latvia was occupied. I believe that only the Latvian language should be the language of independent Latvia, wrote Sprogis. — Knows not only “Consent”. In the world there are different views and political beliefs, but this does not prevent people to work together. That is different views on the same things open up new opportunities for dialogue that has already begun and I hope will yield good results”.

the Bishop has promised that he will not back down from his decision to run for President, but called it a new batch of spitting and sarcastic comments. So, journalist Egils Licitis said that Sprogis had walked into a trap set by the Bishop and the devil in the face of Pro-Kremlin forces. “Bright, sincere, intelligent, good-natured man. Suddenly he was in the Kremlin wheelchair “Consent”! — do not let the journalist of veidemane. — Feels as if someone died unexpectedly. Still hoping he will come round”.

Apparently, the last straw was the statement of the Baptist community: brothers in Christ encouraged now not to associate Sproģis with the Baptists of Latvia. Soon, the day of his 45th birthday, Sprogis has officially declared that refuses participation in elections.

“My goal was, is and will be the search for reconciliation in a divided society of Latvia, so we can form a unified country in which all feel safe and not rejected, the Bishop said in a statement. For that to happen, we must learn to forgive, learn to respect the experience and opinions of each other, not to live in the absurd belief that “only I know best.” Unfortunately, with this we have remained difficult”.

the leader of the “center of the Consent” nil Ushakov said that the case of Sprogis became significant. “It is a signal to the current ruling elite to anyone who decided to encroach on its hegemony: “do Not go! We’re gonna break you”,” the said politician.

Ex-Minister of economy of Latvia Vyacheslav Dombrovsky, put forward “the Consent Center” in the Prime Ministers also believes that Sproģis was launched an organized campaign, and its victim was not only himself but also his family, who had the temerity to support the Bishop. “In this situation, Peteris acted like a decent person, first deciding to defend against the attacks of his family, — said Dombrowski. — We understand and respect his decision.” And the MP Janis Urbanovich, regretting the decision Sproģis added that he probably would have gone part of the Latvians, and in his new post he could change Latvia.

His regret about the extremely unsuccessful start of his political career Sproģis expressed his colleague, the pastor of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, the rector of the Russian Lutheran community of the Epiphany in Riga Paul Levushkan. He believes that Bishop was fun and broke. “Here we have a society, — wrote to the pastor in his Facebook. — We have a little more tolerance and acceptance of other opinions. Well, the rift between the communities, the history has demonstrated very clearly”. Levushkan believes that Latvia needs a personality scale Martin Luther the king once they are able to overcome barriers of inter-ethnic hostility.

on the one hand, the reaction of the conservative part of the Latvian society is quite understandable. Reputable and well respected in the country, religious and public figure, a true Latvian, finally, suddenly enters into political Alliance with the “Russian” party, which has long and firmly sewn label Pro.

However, a local publicist Maris Krautmanis draws attention to the fact that in 2007, the same “Agreement” was put forward as a presidential candidate Aivars endziņ — Latvians in the country, the distinguished lawyer, former President of the constitutional court. Endziņ did not become President, but his nomination did not caused a tenth of the criticism that got Sprogis. Obviously, during this time, much has changed — at least for the last four years, the degree of anti-Russian rhetoric has increased markedly. Everything that is somehow connected with a Russian or a Russian, is perceived now not only as Pro-Kremlin. And everyone somehow can be suspected to be sympathetic to the Russian, becoming a “traitor” and “agent of the Kremlin.”

the Nomination of the Bishop was a bold step, but opinion Krautmanis, the American experts did not take into account those myths and nightmares, fear and hatred, which form the Latvian mentality. The Americans and could not imagine what a trap they are preparing Sprogis.

But if we look to the history of the Bishop closely, it becomes clear that this persecution is a sign of extreme disrespect for the Russian citizens of Latvia. They are the same as Latvians, pay taxes, and associate with this country its future. At the same time after time they are given to understand that they are “Pro-Kremlin fifth column” and nothing, except betrayal, they are not expecting. And if they say that the party for which they vote, will never enter into the government, people have no choice but to sit at home in front of the TV and make sure that Kremlin propaganda is not so wrong.

“I’m not going to return the money in Russia”

More than seven billion dollars legalized the largest Danish Bank Danske Bank through its Estonian branch. This statement on 5 July was the official representatives of the Danish authorities. According to some reports, among those billions were money from the fraud, which was discovered by the lawyer of Fund Hermitage Capital Sergei Magnitsky. This news again gave rise to speak about the capital of dubious origin, which is laundered in the Baltic banks. The owners of the major States, including Russian citizens, have long and actively use the services of “Baltic Laundry”, and then to invest the acquired dishonestly in the economy of the safest countries in the EU. But in recent years the banking sector of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were a major sweep, which affected not only foreign beneficiaries. “the Tape.ru” understood, what started Baltic campaign against dirty money and how local authorities are trying to deal with banks,”laundresses”.

In 2016, the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and France have agreed among themselves and urged the entire European community to launch an uncompromising struggle against capital of dubious origin. To tighten legislation on money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The initiator of the tightening made by the UK, suddenly found themselves constantly working in the North. For many years the Russian citizens without any problems laundered through British banks huge sums. But until that time, preserved the status quo: money worked, all the participants of this scheme, including foreign banks, received their income.

although the situation seems to be all arranged, British intelligence never stopped to be interested in a questionable investment in the economy of the Kingdom. Worked as best they could — the hand nobody was caught, but something for me to clarify. Estimated that by 2018, the rich with a mysterious past invested in the British property market over four billion dirty pounds. And a quarter of this sum falls on the Russians.

Figures have shaken the British so much that they even thought about the expansion of the Magnitsky list. Oil poured into the fire, the story of the poisoning of former British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Broke out loud political scandal, but the British, calling on all Europeans to fight against financial terrorism, could hardly have guessed that the Baltic mladoevropeytsy started a war with dirty Russian capital long before it became a worldwide trend.

Estonia, Latvia and quieter Lithuania has always been nice to the Russian heart and the wallet not only for reasons of good geographical location. The Baltic countries for many years called themselves “paleotsunami”, offering financial services to everyone. Here did not ask a lot of questions arrived from abroad businessman — taxes were low compared with Europe, the firm and the account can be opened in one day.

so did not have time in 2016 ink dried on the “Law on prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism”, as in Lithuania published the first part of the “Panama records”. Among other things, it mentioned the offshore Empire (with assets of two billion dollars), owned by the Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin. It is known as a longtime friend of President Putin and the godfather of his eldest daughter. The compilers of the dossier was given to understand that all these facts are linked, but the President interview NBC News said it has nothing to do with money my friend, who is not only a good musician but also a successful businessman.

However, the control bodies were not Roldugina, and the four Lithuanian banks, which in 2011 spent the two billion dollars dollars. The money went mainly through the Bank Ūkio Bankas, who appeared in a scandalous story with financial fraud. In early 2013, the Lithuanian authorities have restricted the activities of the Bank because of its failure to meet the standard of liquidity. Then it was frozen some of its accounts, including the so-called “Magnitsky list”.

Later the head of the Lithuanian service of investigation of financial crimes Kestutis, Jucevicius said that the money did not stay in Lithuania, she was a kind of transit point. From the second part of the dossier, it became known that headed by Raldugina firm is also a client of the previously mentioned Estonian branch of Danske Bank, through which from 2011 to 2014 were laundered around $ 1.6 billion.

Data about the ownership of these money, the authors of the dossier did not provide: hinted at enterprises of the Russian defense industry, but the specific name was not called. The Bank was forced to admit that he went through a little over a billion euros, although the evil tongues in the banking sector have argued that it is a sum three times greater.

the Scandal has been a complete change of leadership of the Bank and the balayage of his dirty money, along with private clients, and at the same time with a sweep-residents fell and the local. Eliminated even the Russian version of the website of the Bank.

According to the Estonian police, which was investigating, from 2011 to 2016 through the Estonian banks were laundered 13 billion euros of dubious origin. Impressive amount, considering that the entire state budget of Estonia 10 billion.

the Required amount of evidence for a criminal case is not found, but after the scandal came to the public’s attention, other banks also hastened to be cleansed of money of dubious origin. The government has sent all financial institutions of the country menacing to the prescription requirement of rehabilitation client base, otherwise, has been promised a penalty of up to five million euros, and even liquidation.

as a result, over the past year, Bank accounts lost not only hundreds of non-resident companies, but also thousands of private individuals. Explained the closure of accounts just suspicious.

No arguments and explanations of the clients in calculation were not accepted. Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians — all out! In struggle with suspect assets frozen, and then closed the accounts of even those entrepreneurs who came to work in the country, invested their money in the Estonian economy.

March 26, 2018 closed Versobank — it was owned by the citizens of Ukraine. The official version: a substantial and prolonged violation of the law in the field of combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Bank had over five thousand clients. Two thousand of them — residents of Estonia. The total amount of deposits at the close of the Estonian branch of the Bank amounted to 253 million euros, or 1.5 percent of all Bank deposits in Estonia. The local financial market experts predict the same fate and other small banks.

Latvia last ten years successfully attracted investors trading even permit for certain investments in country’s economy. However, after she gave the hand to the EU, accusing him of condoning corruption, in Riga quickly realized that no money, in fact, it is not necessary.

to save face, a Parliament was held “the Law prohibiting work with foreign fictitious companies, are not able to confirm the availability of employees and a real business.” Purging those who are not able to confirm anything, Latvians moved on to depositors, who although could prove the existence of the business, but still seemed suspicious.

time to get rid of dirty money arrived, the report U.S. Treasury Department, accusing the largest Latvian Bank ABLV in money laundering. Shame the country has not experienced — the Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kuchinskis even confessed to the world: “We can’t afford uncontrolled flow of money from countries that should be continuously monitored because of the risk of interference or influence”.

within a week after the publication of the report from the Bank withdrew 600 million euros and the credit institution has declared liquidation. By the way, the total amount of deposits of foreign customers to Latvian banks a year ago, reached almost six billion euros. This year during the Bank Stripping already closed about 19 thousand accounts of non-residents. This is not the limit.

Latvian bankers say that they have Russian dirty money also did not stop, and went in transit to other countries. Like it or not — it doesn’t matter. Definitely, in the Baltic banks of the money of Russian origin — that dirty that clean now will be much less.

the Question is: where are they going now? Do return home, for the good of the Fatherland? “I’m not going to return the money in Russia, where hard and stuffy to do business”, — noted in conversation with “Tape.ru” one of the Russian businessmen who have fallen under the closure of the accounts. He had just completed all of its business in Estonia shut down a local firm and fired all the workers.

“My money is not dirty. I earned them with his head. And all transactions I have transparent. One thing not in my favor: I’m Russian. However, I myself was going to withdraw from you. It became unprofitable here, taxes rose, shaking his checks constantly. All as in Russia. For my money there is still in this world’s pleasant places — Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, there is also the Cayman Islands. Georgia, incidentally, is also nothing,” admitted our source.

On the left. The EU money — from the dirty and laundered already. But Russia, it seems, will not return transferred from the capital. At least until, still quiet harbour and lovely heart.

Lithuanian MP has complained to the Russian cartoon about a beaver and a cat

member of the parliamentary faction “Union of Fatherland — Christian Democrats of Lithuania” Laurynas Kasciunas appealed to the State language inspection for showing in local cinemas cartoon in Russian without subtitles. On Saturday, June 30, reports Delfi.

“I have asked the State language inspection to it within the framework of their competence assessed actions Forum Cinemas and informed about the decisions”, — said Cuscuna.

According to him, in theaters animated Comedy “Two tail” of the Russian production can be seen only in the original language — Russian. In this case, the subtitles do not supply the tape. “Such actions are unacceptable, is a violation of our laws,” — said the Deputy.

In the cartoon “Two tail” Directors Natalia Nilova and Victor Azeeva follows the adventures of two friends — cat max and beaver Bob, who are fighting with the alien hunters of animals.

The nation’s color blue

Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD) has published data, according to which Lithuania remains a world leader in alcohol consumption. This caused a very negative response from the Lithuanian authorities. In Vilnius argue that this is old data, but in fact the situation is changing for the better. Indeed, as seen “the Tape.ru”, the anti-alcohol campaign in Lithuania is conducted with a frightening scale, Recalling the notorious Gorbachev’s battle for sobriety. Not so much methods, how many results.

the report States that in Lithuania per resident over the age of fifteen have an average of 15.2 liters of alcohol consumed. This is significantly higher than in other countries, consisting of OECD: in second place is Belgium — 2.6 litres less than in Lithuania. The least drinking country turned out to be Israel — only 2.6 liters per year per person over the age of fifteen years. It is understandable: for this heat… well Average indicator is 9 liters per year. The report also said that in Lithuania many people die from cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the liver and suicide, which is largely determined by the lifestyle of the people. The representative of the OECD Francesca Colombo adds that one of the factors that significantly affect life expectancy in Lithuania — consumption of alcohol.

indeed a Problem and a serious one. Last year the head of the Ministry of health of the Republic of Aurelius Veryga said that “every second resident of Lithuania is suffering from alcoholism,” if he exaggerated the situation slightly. Drink really hard and not only representatives of the marginalized sectors. Everyone remembers the case when the press Secretary of the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius Race Akilian detained drunk driving — and, she initially refused to obey the guards. For being drunk in a public place was arrested the known political analyst Vytautas Bruveris. And last spring the staff Russian police detained for drunk driving Consul of Lithuania in Sovetsk Bronius of Makauskas. He himself, however, denied the charge and called the incident a provocation of the Russian special services.

High level of alcohol consumption gave birth to another trouble: Lithuania for many years is one of the world leaders in suicide. At last year’s according world health organization in this country are committed 32.7 suicides per 100 thousand population (for comparison, in neighbouring Latvia — is 21.7, and in Estonia was 18.9, Russia is 20.1). Suicide driving and the elderly, and young people, and ordinary people and officials, both civil and military. Sometimes, before you kill yourself, these people are killing innocent people. Thus, recently a resident of the village of Adanti in tauragė district shot his elderly neighbor and came to visit her citizen of Latvia. He then opened fire on the police, after which he committed suicide. In most cases people commit suicide for complex reasons — but the final straw is often exactly alcoholic psychosis, binge or just heavy intoxication.

Deputy of the self-government of Vilnius Romuald Pasevica said “the Tape.ru” that the beginning of the year in Lithuania began a massive anti-alcohol campaign. “From January 1, 2018, we entered into force amendments to the Administrative code, which greatly increased the fines for alcohol consumption in public places — from 20 to 100 euros, — says Posietskaya. — For a repeated violation of this kind will have to pay is 200 euros. Were also tightened rules on the sale of alcohol and a ban on alcohol advertising in the media, on TV and radio. Increased excise taxes on alcohol.” In the ruling coalition hope that these measures will annually reduce the average alcohol consumption of 1 liter.

Also, the Ministry of health of the country declared war on alcohol “points”. The number of stores that sell liquor should be reduced from 800 to 400, and for the sale of alcohol, you will need to equip the premises with a separate entrance, so they do not catch the eye of those who went to the store for groceries. These points will be located no closer than 200 metres from the cultural centres, sports and educational institutions.

In Lithuania even thought about creating a state monopoly for the network of alcohol trade. “Spirits can be bought only twenty years, will limit night trade in alcohol, reduced the number of points of sale, as approved by the Parliament program struggle with alcoholism. — We will toughen the responsibility for violation of the right of trade spirits. For the second violation associated with the sale of takeaway alcohol in catering establishments, will be deprived of license”.

Advisor to the Minister of health of Lithuania Linas Bucinskaite-Srubena argues that the measures taken are already having a beneficial effect. “Reducing alcohol availability, raising prices, ban on advertising of spirits are the main factors reducing alcohol consumption, says the clerk. — We already see today that they are working. For example, the innovation related to the excise tax, shows that sales of many types of alcohol falling”.

on the other hand, according to Bucinskaite-Srubena must still wait to see more significant results. “In Lithuania the consumption of alcohol has been declining for 2012. But this small reduction is 300-500 milliliters per year, says her words, the head of the control Department alcohol and tobacco Grazyna Belyan. We are not happy about, I would like a big change”.

Perhaps due to the fact that such drastic measures do not give tangible results, alcohol reform, so many critics. They believe that the need is not prohibitions, and educational work. The reform’s proponents, however, believe that mere exhortations and lectures do not give proper results. And they need today.

Romuald Pochepezky, according to her, were shocked by recent data on alcohol consumption among adolescents. “It turned out that 11 percent of fifth graders at least once a month consumed alcohol until intoxication. Among seventh graders, this is 23% and for ninth-graders — 60 — said, “the Tape.ru” MP. — It turns out, the availability of alcohol among adolescents despite the restrictions and tightening, still high. So you need to take additional measures.”

According to Posietskaya, the Lithuanian government declared war on “green snake”, would benefit from the experience of neighboring Belarus. At the time, this country ranks second after Lithuania in the number of alcohol consumption per capita. There is also adopted a special programme to 2020 for the prevention and overcoming of drunkenness.

In the ruling coalition say that the anti-alcohol campaign — investing in the future. But in the present it’s more trouble than real benefit. Excise fees on alcohol in Lithuania decreased significantly. according State tax inspection in March 2017, when entered into force the increase in excise duties, collection from collapsed to 40 percent. And not because of the fact that the country began to produce less alcohol. Just suppliers and manufacturers left in the shade, and 40 percent of the products were counterfeit.

immediately before the increase in excise taxes (and therefore prices), the Lithuanians rushed to the stores and began to buy alcohol for future use. And in may of last year the Parliament held a large protest rally. “We are cultural to have a rest, — said the organizers. — And the authorities ought to deal with the problems of these alcoholics — instead of prohibitions aimed at the average consumer”.

After that, the head of the ruling in Lithuania, Union of farmers and green Ramunas Karbauskis said that passion fanned representatives of alcoholic business. Indeed, among the initiators of the protest event were members of the opposition party “Movement liberals”. Currently, this party was in the center of the anti-corruption investigation — her former head of Agilus Masiulis and his party accused lobbying of interests of the concern MG Baltic, was engaged in the alcohol trade. However, critics of anti-alcohol programs indicate that she has not only a large manufacturer. Came under attack and small shops, for example, in rural areas, where a significant part of turnover falls on trade bread, sugar, salt, meat products and other products of the first necessity.

As his time in the Soviet Union, the anti-alcohol campaign led to the proliferation of the shadow market of alcohol. Many Lithuanians, especially in border areas, rushed for a drink in the neighbouring countries, especially in Poland and Latvia. In the beginning of this year the Latvian newspaper Latvijas Avize wrote that the town of Balvi (just over 7 thousand residents) per month bought 2500 bottles cosmetic alcohol BF Green. The cost of a 250-gram bottle of 60-degree liquid — less than one Euro. Local residents do not hide that buy cosmetic not to care for the body and for drinking. BF Green produces a Polish company, and especially to the Baltic countries.

the representative of the Latvian tax service Baiba Smite rock explains that people are attracted to the low price of the product — alcohol intended for the production of beauty products subject to excise duties. Lithuania tried to apply to the Polish excise duty product — but Vilnius had to defend its position in the European courts. Unsuccessfully.

Latvian journalist Denis Bartecki drove through the Outback of Lithuania, and wrote in his Facebook that grocery stores are inundated with cosmetic alcohol. “He was the cheap swill and one of the most popular goods. Put it right at the register, though this is not necessary. As soon as BF Green appears in the sale, the potential buyer is already aware, explains Bartecki. — Sales agents company distributor and speak to the owners of the shops: “We will provide you with the buyer”. They clearly explain to traders why at the grocery store cosmetic alcohol and how customer demand he has”.

But even if the government will find a way to prevent alcohol surrogates — the problem of cheap booze is not going anywhere. Lithuania is a small country. Leave it to Latvia and Poland are no problems is not, because inside European Union customs and border controls are not carried out. And so the more Lithuanian lovers of drink will be to restrict at home, the more often they will go for alcohol to neighboring countries. And this is the problem that Lithuanian advocates of sobriety still have to find.

Latvia has banned education in Russian language

the Parliament of Latvia adopted amendments to the law on universities that prohibit teaching in private universities and colleges of the country in Russian language. On it informs edition Delfi.

Changes in the legislation come into force on 1 January 2019. Previously, the ban on teaching in Russian language only applied to state universities. As explained in Ministry of education and science the country because the government regulates the education and accreditation criteria of educational programs, it is entitled to determine the language in which instruction.

the Agency also explains the ban previously adopted amendments to the law on education, according to which Latvia is in the transition to instruction exclusively in the official language in high school. 2 APR 2018 President Raimonds Vejonis approved the prohibition of education in schools of Latvia in the Russian language.

the Ministry of education and science invites the universities to continue learning the educational programs in the Russian language before the expiry of the accreditation of these programs.

the Ban relates exclusively to the Russian language. Universities across the country continues to be education in the languages of the countries EU.