Politics
LTV's De Facto: Sanctioned Russian oligarch still holds Latvian citizenship
Though since April, amendments to the Citizenship Law have allowed for the waiving of Latvian citizenship to persons who have provided different kinds of support to aggressor states, Russian billionaire Pyotr Aven who has been included in the European Union sanctions lists since February, remains a Latvian citizen, Latvian Television's broadcast De Facto reported on September 25.
PM Kariņš: Cooperation would be easiest among existing coalition
If the “New Unity” association (JV) gets into the 14th Saeima, the easiest cooperation in forming the coalition would be with the current coalition partners, the current Prime Minister and JV's Prime Minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš said in an interview to LETA on September 25.
Revenue Service head suspended by Finance Minister
Minister of Finance Jānis Reirs (New Unity) has issued an order regarding the initiation of disciplinary proceedings and the suspension of the Director General of the State Revenue Service, Ieva Jaunzeme, Finance Ministry said in a statement on September 15.
Two more election candidates nixed
The Central Election Commission (CVK) said September 1 it was removing the candidacies of two people who wanted to run in the Saeima elections on October 1.
Baltic Sea Energy Security Summit taking place in Denmark
On August 30, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš participates in the Baltic Energy Security Summit in Copenhagen, alongside European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, and the heads of government of Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Sweden.
Latvian MEP sensationally switches parties
In an unexpected move that immediately injected interest into Latvia's election season, a Latvian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has announced that she is switching her party allegiance with immediate effect.
Smaller political parties find various ways to meet Latvian election rules
Political parties in Latvia are in campaign mode in the lead-up to October's parliamentary elections, but LTV's De Facto investigative show suggested on August 21 that some of the newer and smaller contenders have found imaginative ways of meeting the necessary criteria to field candidates.
LTV's De Facto probes Russian Gazprom's influence on Latvian gas companies
This summer, changes to the law took effect, depriving Russian and Belarusian companies of voting rights in Latvian companies. This prohibition also applies to “Latvijas Gāze” (LG), the subsidiary of which is responsible for the distribution of gas in Latvia. According to Latvian Television's investigative broadcast De Facto, the Russian company Gazprom has nevertheless participated in recent meetings of LG shareholders.
Government to discuss visa extensions for Russians, Belarusians
The Latvian government plans to decide on the possible discontinuation of renewals of visas and residence permits for Russian and Belarusian citizens. Parliamentary secretary of the Foreign Ministry Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica told Latvian Radio on August 16 that this would not apply in all cases the same.
Initiative demands closure of Latvian Russian Union party
The Saeima has decided to transfer the collective initiative “For a Unified Society without the Russian Union” to the Saeima National Security Commission for further evaluation, according to information from the Saeima on August 11.
Party ratings in July still show plenty of floating voters
With the next Saeima elections approaching fast on October 1, political parties continue to jostle for position. According to the lastest poll conducted by SKDS for Latvian Television, the top three positions remained unchanged in July and a large proportion of voters were still undecided or apathetic.
Business organizations present economic wish list to parties
Latvia's largest business association, the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LTRK) together with Latvia's largest employers' organization, the Latvian Confederation of Employers (LDDK) on July 20 presented joint recommendations for the economic programs of political parties in the context of parliamentary elections taking place on October 1.
Daugavpils mayor has no qualms about attending Lukashenko regime celebration
The Chairman of the Daugavpils City Council, Andrejs Elksniņš (Harmony party), attended a Belarusian Independence Day celebration hosted by a diplomatic representative of the Lukashenko regime held at the restaurant of the hotel "Latgola" on Tuesday, the television channel "ReTV" and the Internet portal "Chayka" report.
June party ratings make interesting reading as October election looms
With the next Saeima elections approaching fast on October 1, political parties continue to jostle for position. According to the lastest poll conducted by SKDS for Latvian Television, there are as yet no major swings evident in political support, with the top three positions remaining unchanged and a large proportion of voters still undecided or apathetic.
PM: State will help residents cover energy prices
As a result of inflation and especially energy price increases, the State intends to provide support to the population, and it is intended to raise funds in the state budget and borrow in international markets, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said June 15 said after meeting with the President Egils Levits.
Corruption watchdog swoops on Šlesers' party campaign
The campaign materials by the Latvia First (LPV) party association and its head Ainars Šlesers are considered to be agitation, as found by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) on June 10. KNAB identified violations of the campaign during the investigation and will decide on the application of the administrative penalty.
Tsikhanouskaya in Rīga: Belarusian fight for independence continues
The state regime and the people of Belarus are two different things. It is necessary to continue to support the Belarusians who are opposed to the Alexander Lukashenko regime, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the democratic movement of Belarus, told Latvian Television on June 8.
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