Lithuania Tribune

The Lithuania Tribune is an independent news portal on Lithuania’s current affairs and business, and a source of information on the most important general trends in this Baltic country.

On this day in sport: 26 July

On this day in sport: 26 July

Alex Tigani | the Lithuania Tribune The recent 2012 documentary film “The Other Dream Team” marked a new high in the exposure of Lithuania’s love of basketball to the world through its thorough history of competition mixed with the emotions of conflict in the Baltic …

Čiurlionis, magnetic Lithuanian great, over-researched but under-appreciated

Čiurlionis, magnetic Lithuanian great, over-researched but under-appreciated

Linas Jegelevičius | the Lithuania Tribune Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis is one of the biggest greats that Lithuania has ever had. A distinguished composer, mystic painter and a rebellious man is just a terse textbook-like description of the artist. Darius Kučinskas, an art researcher and professor …

The Lithuania Tribune is moving to new and bigger platform

The Lithuania Tribune is moving to new and bigger platform

Providing English-language Lithuania news coverage since August 2009, the Lithuania Tribune is switching gears and moving to a new and better platform. “The Tribune is accelerating forward,” says Editor-in-Chief Ruslanas Iržikevičius. “We are slowly transitioning to a new publishing platform. We’re going from running stories …

Šiauliai police officers on trial for corruption, drug dealing

Šiauliai police officers on trial for corruption, drug dealing Panevėžys prosecutors are charging 18 police officers with bribery, corruption, drug dealing, and unlawful possession of firearms and munitions. They will face charges for allegedly seizing and re-selling various narcotic substances, providing false testimony, writing false police reports, and counterfeiting evidence for prosecution of …

Lithuanians in Israel urged to register with Foreign Ministry

Lithuanians in Israel urged to register with Foreign Ministry After the majority of European airlines suspended flights to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for 24 hours on Wednesday, Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry urged Lithuanian citizens currently in Israel to register with the Consular Department online. Citizens can also register at the Lithuanian …

Israir to keep Wednesday’s Vilnius-Tel Aviv flight

Israir to keep Wednesday’s Vilnius-Tel Aviv flight A flight from Vilnius to Tel Aviv by Israeli’s air carrier Israir scheduled for 11:05 pm, Wednesday, has not been cancelled, although many airlines around the world have today suspended their flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. “We have not yet been notified …

All three Communication Ministry deputies reappointed

All three Communication Ministry deputies reappointed

Elta EN Saulius Girdauskas, Vladislovas Kondratovičius and Arijandas Šliupas – all the three Deputy Ministers of Transport and Communications – have been reappointed to their offices. Under the decree of Minister of Transport and Communications Rimantas Sinkevičius, Girdauskas re-entered his office this Monday, Šliupas – …

Latvia’s airBaltic becomes world’s first airline to accept Bitcoins

Latvia’s airBaltic becomes world’s first airline to accept Bitcoins

Latvian national airline AirBaltic the first airline in the world to accept Bitcoins as payment for its services, the company informs. AirBaltic now accepts Bitcoin as payment for tickets on its website www.airbaltic.com. The ticket prices on the website are displayed in euros, but when …

Linkevičius dismisses reports about Baltic mercenaries in Ukraine as “nonsense”

Linkevičius dismisses reports about Baltic mercenaries in Ukraine as “nonsense” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius dismissed reports made by an Italian daily, which were commented on by Russia’s administration, about alleged fighters from the Baltic states, Finland, Sweden and France in Eastern Ukraine. Minister Linkevičius says such allegations are “nonsense.” In Linkevičius’ words, a …

US anti-Semitism envoy coming to Lithuania BNS

US anti-Semitism envoy coming to Lithuania BNS US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira N. Forman is coming to Lithuania. Forman, a top-ranking member of US President Barack Obama’s administration, will visit the headquarters of the Jewish Community of Lithuania and meet with the team of the tolerance campaign …

Seimas plans emigration commission

Seimas plans emigration commission Parliament plans to introduce a commission dedicated to emigration issues this fall, according to Order and Justice Party leader MEP Rolandas Paksas. The initiative was discussed at the meeting of the ruling coalition’s political council earlier this week. “This is our initiative – emigration-related …

Šadžius: businesses that round prices down will thrive in euro transition

Šadžius: businesses that round prices down will thrive in euro transition With the European Union (EU) expected to issue its final approval today for the adoption of the euro in Lithuania, businesses lowering their prices before the currency changeover should win the competitive race, the Lithuanian finance minister has said. “Many of us have noticed …

Prime Minister: proposals for ORLEN Lietuva still on table

Prime Minister: proposals for ORLEN Lietuva still on table

ELTA Responding to public information about further activities and difficulties experienced by oil refinery ORLEN Lietuva, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius reminds that the company, just like other petroleum refining companies operating in the European Union, is facing structural problems propelled by fundamental changes in …

Clock at entrance to Bank of Lithuania will countdown to euro transition

Clock at entrance to Bank of Lithuania will countdown to euro transition

Elta EN After the EU General Affairs Council adopts the final decision on the adoption of the euro in Lithuania, a countdown timer above the door of the Bank of Lithuania on Vilnius’ Gedimino Avenue will start counting down to 1 January. It will count …

Conservatives call for travel ban for pro-Kremlin artists

Conservatives call for travel ban for pro-Kremlin artists

ELTA EN Members of the youth branch of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democratic Party (TS-LKD) turned to the state leaders and responsible officials, calling on them to take measures to make sure that some Russian performers, who they say spread Moscow’s propaganda, are put on …

Pro-Palestine rally highlights civilian casualties in ongoing conflict

Pro-Palestine rally highlights civilian casualties in ongoing conflict A group of activists held a rally in support of Palestine in central Vilnius on Tuesday evening, highlighting that civilian people were affected by the Israeli-Palestinian military stand-off. “I want people to understand that we’re talking about people. Not about Hamas, not about missiles, …

Imposing new restrictions on foreign entrepreneurs is “sawing down a branch we’re sitting on”

Imposing new restrictions on foreign entrepreneurs is “sawing down a branch we’re sitting on”

New law amendments, which aim to prevent creation of fictitious businesses in Lithuania, will only make it more problematic for foreigners to start a small business, lawyers claim. “Up until now, Lithuania has been considered one of the most attractive European countries for potential small …

Measures taken to prepare handicapped Lithuanians for euro changeover

Measures taken to prepare handicapped Lithuanians for euro changeover

The Bank of Lithuania has initiated meetings with representatives of organisations representing people with disabilities (the blind and the deaf), seeking to ensure that information about changeover to the euro is accessible to them as well. During these meetings, the most effective modes of cooperation in disseminating …

Late Monsignor Alfonsas Svarinskas: Priesthood marked with pain and terror

Late Monsignor Alfonsas Svarinskas: Priesthood marked with pain and terror

Prominent Lithuanian clergyman, former dissident and political figure Monsignor Alfonsas Svarinskas passed away last week, aged 89. One of the most active Lithuanian dissidents hated Soviet occupants with all his heart and soul. As a result, Svarinskas spent 22 years in labour camps of Siberia, …

Opinion: A dissident’s Lithuania – then and now

Opinion: A dissident’s Lithuania – then and now

I heard the Lithuanian term for “prisoner of conscience” for the first time as a student at a Lithuanian high school in then West Germany. Around the same time, in 1984, I learned about the story of Father Alfonsas Svarinskas, then serving a prison term …

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