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Thursday, 18.12.2014, 15:26
As Estonia unveiled the world’s first e-residency in December 2014, the first steps were taken to creating a regulated and organised identification process purely for Internet users. The scheme, designed to provide willing participants with an online identity that is recognised by the Estonian state and embedded in a physical chipped card, does not give participants any actual legal citizenship. However, the e-residency can act like a legitimate proof of identity online, thereby potentially streamlining legal, bureaucratic and financial procedures.
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As retaliation for blacklisting Russian political Konstantin Simonov, Russia could in the near future blacklist a political scientists or official from Latvia in a tit-for-tat move, political observer Karlis Dauksts told LETA.
The noted American analyst and expert on the Soviet Union, Paul Goble, is drawing attention to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland's statements made during her recent visit in Latvia, that "Americans are prepared to die for Latvia", cites LETA.
During his visit to Lithuania, Edward Lucas, one of the most prominent British columnists analysing geopolitical situation in the Eastern Europe, urged Lithuania to pay more attention to dissemination of its success stories and be more active in fight with the even smallest provocations of Russia in their early stages.
The International Arbitration Tribunal in Paris handed down on October 24 an award unprecedented for Latvia that ordered the Kyrgyz government to pay Latvian citizen Valeri Belokon $16.5 million for the illegal expropriation of his Kyrgyz-based Manas Bank. The Baltic Course asked the chairwoman of JSC Belokon Holding's management board, Anita Matisone, to comment on the award.
Latvian political observer Iveta Kazoka believes that the prospective government is not unified, but ''a pie divided into three slices'', with each piece trying to spite the other, writes LETA.
Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma's (Unity) political goal, as the head of the new government, will be to increase the welfare of Latvian families.
Riga may go bankrupt in one-and-a-half to two years, former Riga Mayor Andris Argalis (For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK) says in an interview with "Neatkariga", cites LETA.
On September 30th in Riga, the Embassy of China in Latvia made a reception on the occasion of the 65th National Day of the P.R.C. BC publicizes the speech of the ambassador Yang Guoqian, which was kindly presented by the Embassy’s press service.
Starting from the beginning of 2014, both the EU and Ukraine have been facing many common challenges related to their respective border, energy and defense security.
Recovery in domestic demand, observed last year and in the first half of 2014, was the result of better expectations of businesses and consumers. Unfortunately, geopolitical tension and uncertainty which growing due to external threats is pushing the expectation curves down, says Indre Genyte-Pikciene, chief analyst of DNB, cites LETA/ELTA.
It is obvious that Ukraine alone cannot resist Russia, especially because the current crisis affects not so much Ukraine as the entire Europe's security system, which has practically ceased to exist, former Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oleg Shamshur said in an interview with LETA.
The Russian government is laying the groundwork for a Ukrainian scenario in the Baltic countries, arguing that the three are mistreating ethnic Russians, that the West has failed to oppose such actions, and that Moscow is compelled under the circumstances to work to protect these members of "the Russian world,” American analyst and expert on Soviet Union matters, Paul Goble warns, cites LETA.
Address by President H.E. Mr. Islam Karimov at the festive ceremony dedicated to the 23rd anniversary of independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It was presented to BC by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Latvia.
Press statement of Latvian President Andris Bērziņš after the meeting of the Presidents of the Baltic States with the President of the United States of America in Tallinn on September 3rd. The following is a press release from the President's Press Office.