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Survey: One in three Latvian residents think Ukraine should compromise
Survey: One in three Latvian residents think Ukraine should compromise
Two years after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, one in three or 34.3% of Latvian residents surveyed by the pollster SKDS and Latvian Television's "What is happening in Latvia/KNL" program, think that it would be better if war stopped even  if Ukraine has to agree to compromises on its behalf. 
Rēzekne's Ukrainians to hold support event February 24
Rēzekne's Ukrainians to hold support event February 24
Around 300 Ukrainian refugees have found their second home in Rēzekne, at least temporarily. Many of them have been living in Rēzekne for over a year and are gradually becoming part of the labor market and cultural life. Rēzekne's locals and Ukrainian refugees have decided to hold support events for Ukraine on the second anniversary of Russia's war.
Ukrainian entrepreneurs in Latvia share their stories
Ukrainian entrepreneurs in Latvia share their stories
For more than a year, the Ukrainian Olga's restaurant “Green Pumpkin.UA” and Irina's Cafe “Smakoliki” have been open in Latvia. Olga and Irina did not use to work in the catering sector in Ukraine, but when the Russian invasion began they came here and decided to start their businesses and offer a small part of Ukraine to Latvia. Latvian Radio visited the restaurants on February 20.
Call for moment of silence for Ukraine on Saturday
Call for moment of silence for Ukraine on Saturday
Two years ago, on February 24, 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine. In solidarity with the Ukrainian people, President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs, Saeima Chairwoman Daiga Mieriņa, Prime Minister Evika Siliņa and Foreign Minister Krišjānis Kariņš are inviting all Latvian residents to unite in a moment of silence on Saturday, February 24, at 9:00 AM.
Many Latvian apartments are still very energy inefficient
Many Latvian apartments are still very energy inefficient
Many people in Latvia received large heating bills this month, not only because it's winter and January was cold, but also because a great many people still live in energy-inefficient homes, reports Latvian Radio.
Hundreds of Latvian pupils prepare big donation for Ukraine
Hundreds of Latvian pupils prepare big donation for Ukraine
Although it is difficult to surprise activists of the Ukraine-supporting association “Your Friends”, Latvian school students have managed to do so. Several hundred students in 100 Latvian schools have responded to the call to provide donations to soldiers, Latvian Television reported on February 18.
Transparency watchdog: Latvia's corruption cops should be seen more
Transparency watchdog: Latvia's corruption cops should be seen more
The situation in Latvia is improving marginally in international anti-corruption ratings. The work of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) to prevent bribery is not visible, Inese Tauriņa, head of "Society for Openness – Delna", said in an interview with Latvian Radio on February 14.
January's heating bills an unpleasant surprise for many
January's heating bills an unpleasant surprise for many
The January cold spell is particularly felt this month in heating bills.The largest housing manager – “Riga House Manager” (Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks, RNP)  points out that the bill may even be twice as high for some households, Latvian Television reported on February 12.
Bogus residency declarations can cause a headache for householders
Bogus residency declarations can cause a headache for householders
When a person changes their place of residence, the law stipulates that they must declare their new place of residence within 30 days. In general this is a simple process and can be done at the municipality where the place of residence is located, or via the "Latvija.lv" portal with just a few clicks.
Rally in support of Ukraine planned in Rīga February 24
Rally in support of Ukraine planned in Rīga February 24
On February 24 – the day that marks two years since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine – Rīga will host a rally “Together until victory!”, said the Latvian Civic Alliance representing the non-governmental sector.
151 people missing in Latvia since last year
151 people missing in Latvia since last year
Last year, Latvia State Police announced that 1,550 people had gone missing, of whom 1,300 were found alive. Latvian Television broadcast 4. studija (Studio 4), contacted police about such cases and were told by the State Police that the length and methods of looking for missing persons can vary quite widely.
Latvian passports lie in bushes on USA-Mexico border
Latvian passports lie in bushes on USA-Mexico border
A woman gets into the US from Mexico and tosses a passport in the bushes. The passport is Latvian, as seen in the American CBS broadcast 60 Minutes. Whether the document is forged or the woman is indeed a Latvian citizen will be investigated, Latvian Television reports on February 6.
Farmers' protests were overall calm, say police
Farmers' protests were overall calm, say police
The farmers' protest passed peacefully in general, with no significant incidents. The police have so far started 25 administrative infringement proceedings for various violations, the State Police said February 5.
'Moscow House' loses its signage
'Moscow House' loses its signage
The so-called “Moscow House”, which the Saeima has decided to nationalize, was stripped of its coat of arms and also the sign saying Moscow House during the night to Friday, February 2.
Latvian farmers announce protests
Latvian farmers announce protests
Latvian farmers will start protests in regions on February 5, the association “Farmers Saeima” said Wednesday. Industry insiders say that bureaucratic demands and indifference from government representatives pose risks to the agricultural sector.
'Russia's War On Children' conference taking place in Latvia
'Russia's War On Children' conference taking place in Latvia
Taking place on January 31 and February 1 at the Latvian National Library, the conference “Russia’s War on Children” (Krievijas karš pret bērniem)  will bring together lawyers, journalists, representatives of advocacy NGOs, diplomats and other defense, foreign law and war crimes experts to discuss the possibilities for returning abducted children to Ukraine.
Soviet-era elevators pose potential hazards in Rīga dwellings
Soviet-era elevators pose potential hazards in Rīga dwellings
About half of the elevators found in multi-apartment buildings in Rīga could now be around fifty years old. Spare parts are not available, and changing the elevators could take more than a decade. Rīga City Council is aware of the potential risks posed by the old elevators and is starting to look for solutions, Latvian Radio reported on January 31.
Fire in 'Cat House' in Old Rīga(update)
Fire in 'Cat House' in Old Rīga(update)
A fire broke out in Rīga's Old Town on Tuesday, January 30, in the so-called Cat House (Kaķu nams). Extensive rescue forces were involved in extinguishing the fire, the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) reported.

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