The Baltics: should Britain be rushing to their defence?

English speaking board, write English in British English.
It is a fair remark. So please, don't use youself words that don't exist in English as sepErate for example and use expressions YOU AND ME, YOU AND I properly.
I'm just a foreigner, not native English speaker. I bring my sincere apologies for previous and future (unavoidable) mistakes. I will try hard to write in British English.
I’ve no problem with the actions taken, just your missing words and your struggling to admit why you left them out.
I pointed to the source and quoted it to present essential (from my point of view) information.
Anybody who cares to get additional information is free to read the article in full.
Also I beg you to quote your own sources as you frequently don't quote them.
It would simplify understanding of your point and content of the source.
I shortened the quote just for brevity while you frequently (in fact) shorten (unexisting) quotes to zero.
So I would like to mirror your remark.
 
It is a fair remark. So please, don't use youself words that don't exist in English as sepErate for example and use expressions YOU AND ME, YOU AND I properly.
I'm just a foreigner, not native English speaker. I bring my sincere apologies for previous and future (unavoidable) mistakes. I will try hard to write in British English.
I seem to have hit a nerve :) good to know. You're fine with pulling me up about things mentioned as a natural English speaker. I ask you to use correct British English and you get all upset ;)
I pointed to the source and quoted it to present essential (from my point of view) information.
Anybody who cares to get additional information is free to read the article in full.
Also I beg you to quote your own sources as you frequently don't quote them.
It would simplify understanding of your point and content of the source.
I shortened the quote just for brevity while you frequently (in fact) shorten (unexisting) quotes to zero.
So I would like to mirror your remark.
You took that part out as it mentioned a period in time. I'm unsure why you just don't admit it?
 
Well the Speaker of the Lithuanian parliament seems to think that anti-Semitic statements are unacceptable, as he has asked that the person in question resign from his post, as noted in your original post. A committee will be looking into it. The official's job will be expiring in June anyway, so it may finally be resolved by simply not renewing his contract.

I'm not exactly sure what your point is.
My points (btw, do you agree with them?) are
1. It is absolutely unacceptable for a person that occupies official position in governmental structures to make such propositions and remarks.
2. Such a person should be voided official status immediately if he (she) continues to remain on such an anti-Semitic position.
3. Reaction of government and parliament in such cases should be tough and immediate.
4. Reaction of the speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament is insufficient and weak.
5. This case demonstrates that such an ugly thing as anti-Semitism alas still has deep roots in Lithuania.
 
You took that part out as it mentioned a period in time. I'm unsure why you just don't admit it?
I answered your question and once again try to answer it. I shortened the quote just for brevity and I recognise it. However, I quoted another fragment that contains even more detailed account of case than words that I didn't placed.
Maybe you don't understand my answer or don't wish to understand or pretent that you don't understand...
Anyway I answered your question. So please answer my one.
What is your attitude to the action of the ombudsman? Is it acceptable from your point of view? It seems to me that you tries to avoid direct answer.
 
I answered your question and once again try to answer it. I shortened the quote just for brevity and I recognise it. However, I quoted another fragment that contains even more detailed account of case than words that I didn't placed.
The second paragraph adds nothing to the point you deleted.
Maybe you don't understand my answer or don't wish to understand or pretent that you don't understand...
You deleted the part on a time frame for a reason. Your wriggling is obvious.
Anyway I answered your question. So please answer my one.
What is your attitude to the action of the ombudsman? Is it acceptable from your point of view? It seems to me that you tries to avoid direct answer.
I've already said I agree with the actions taken.
 
The second paragraph adds nothing to the point you deleted.

You deleted the part on a time frame for a reason. Your wriggling is obvious.

I've already said I agree with the actions taken.
It is unclear answer.
1. Do you agree with the action made by the ombudsman or
2. Do you agree with another action - accusation of his anti-Semitism from the speaker of Lithuanian Parliament?
 
Those that doubt that anti-Semitism in Lithuania is a problem should read this articel
Home truths about Holocaust turn popular Lithuanian writer into Public Enemy No.1
Author Ruta Vanagaite was the toast of Vilnius – until she wrote a book about her country’s involvement in the Nazi killing machine and cast doubts on a national hero. Now she says she’s scared to leave her own home without pepper spray

“Terrible consequences can be applied if the authorities want it to happen,” Vanagaite, 63, told Haaretz during her visit to Israel this week. “They will try to silence a person for telling the truth about Holocaust history, with or without criminal charges. Everybody has something to lose. Look at me: I thought I was a free person with nothing to lose – a best-selling writer with a big readership. And today I am afraid to go in the street.”
All five of her best sellers were removed from Lithuanian stores by her publisher, which said the thousands of copies of her books would also be destroyed.
As I understand it is Lithuanian style freedom of speech and opinions.
Vanagaite’s sins were twofold: The immediate controversy involves a remark she made to a journalist, challenging accepted historic details about a legendary symbol of Lithuania’s resistance against brutal oppression by the Soviet Union in the 1940s. But in the background, she believes, is the deep discomfort of Lithuanians – particularly those of her generation and older – with a book she published in 2016, “Our People: Travels With the Enemy.”
It is a history that she, like many Lithuanians, had been unaware of and was appalled to discover later in life. Together, Zuroff and Vanagaite visited 40 mass-execution sites and interviewed elderly witnesses to the massacres, which made the rapid extermination of 220,000 Jewish-Lithuanian citizens within five months – 95 percent of the country’s prewar Jewish population – one of the earliest and most efficient “accomplishments” of the Nazi regime.
In Lithuania, the official narrative depicts cooperation with the German program of rounding up and slaughtering Jews as the work of “degenerate” elements, Vanagaite says. But as she details in her book, backed up by documentation, the historical records show that cooperation and assistance was large-scale and facilitated by Lithuanian government workers and the military, in what Vanagaite calls the “Lithuanian bureaucracy of death.”
The emotional narrative she writes about in “Our People” includes how she personally came to terms with the fact her uncle and grandfather, among others, played a role in the Nazi killing machine that led her country’s Jews to their deaths.
“It was a big shock for me. Once I discovered the scope of it and that my family was part of it, I began to believe that every Lithuanian family should look into this history,” Vanagaite explains.
Her 2016 book was an unexpected best seller, being the first such book written for a nonacademic, popular audience in Lithuanian. It triggered a national conversation about the Holocaust and propelled her into the spotlight.
So brave woman tried just to tell about bitter truth. And how it has turned?
she soon learned that her publisher was dropping her and destroying her books. The prospects that any Lithuanian publisher would ever publish her work again were grim. Invitations to lectures stopped arriving and she was accosted on the street. The Lithuanian national archive, she learned, decided not to give permission for its photographs to be used in translated editions of “Our People.”
Most unnerving, she said, was the implied threat against her by a powerful figure, Vytautas Landsbergis – Lithuania’s first head of state after the country declared independence in 1990. Landsbergis, she said, wrote a scathing Op-Ed that included chilling words that she interpreted as calling for her death: “You so-called writer, you should go to the forest, find a tree, pray and condemn yourself,” he wrote. Internet trolls then asked if she had gone to the forest yet, threatening to “help her along” if she hadn’t gotten the message.
For the last few months, Vanagaite says, her livelihood and hard-won professional reputation have been battered and her personal safety threatened in the homeland where she was once celebrated as a widely read author. She describes a month in which she has been living like a prisoner in her own home, rarely venturing outdoors. When she did step outside, she was never alone, afraid of being confronted on the street, called “Putin’s bitch” or accused of being a Jewish or Russian agent at best, or physically attacked at worst. To try and calm her fears, she bought pepper spray for those outdoor sorties.
 
It is unclear answer.
1. Do you agree with the action made by the ombudsman or
2. Do you agree with another action - accusation of his anti-Semitism from the speaker of Lithuanian Parliament?
Why did you miss off the piece on a timescale? Your answer remains obfuscation again.

Which part of the actions taken have I disagreed with?
 
I propose another Bloomberg's article
Latvian Central Banker Hits Back in Deepening Bribery Scandal
The probe coincides with separate bribery allegations against him from Norvik Banka JSC, a Riga-based lender controlled by Grigory Guselnikov, a Russian-born U.K. citizen. Norvik detailed accusations in a 39-page complaint to a World Bank arbitration body.
The complaint, filed in December, also alleged that the Latvian banking regulator had retaliated against Norvik for the refusal to pay the bribes over a two-year period to late 2017. The regulator denied those allegations.
Among the allegations made by Guselnikov:
  • In a suburb of Riga in 2015, he met Rimsevics, who said that he could help him if he cooperated with his associate; after Rimsevics had left, the associate wrote on a piece of paper the sum of “100,000 per month”
  • On several occasions he again met Rimsevics, who threatened to drive Norvik out of business through regulatory problems if he didn’t cooperate
  • Rimsevics’s associate asked Norvik to launder money, including $100 million from Russia, for which it would keep $1 million
 
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Now any more or less important event on the World stage is attributed ... right, to Moscow and its evil polit-technologists.
As for Larvian banking crisis then it was a matter of time to wait for respective accusations.
Latvia Signals Russia May Be Interfering in Banking Crisis
“There is a high probability that an externally organized widespread information operation is being carried out that, by its structure and execution, is identical to those observed in pre-election periods in the U.S., France and Germany,” Latvia’s Defense Ministry said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.
High probability means complete absence of facts
And of course Defense Ministry is the most competent organization in banking business.
While it didn’t explicitly name Russia, the ministry cited recent events, including the publication of a photograph that allegedly shows Rimsevics in Russia, as evidence of an attempt to damage the country’s image and erode public trust in the state before elections this October.
Latvian top banker Rimsevics drinking vodka with 'Russian friends'.
 
Those that doubt that anti-Semitism in Lithuania is a problem .....
Nobody has said anti-Semitism isn't a problem. Your pushing of the agenda is noted. I'm not sure any country (other than Israel) can claim it hasn't had a problem in the past or even now. After decades of Soviet, then Nazi and then Soviet occupation it is quite understandable. That's not to say I agree with it in any way.

I could of course go on about some 'whataboutery' and Russian Nazi's, but you should get the point.
Now any more or less important event on the World stage is attributed ... right, to Moscow and its evil polit-technologists.
Aren't you the one who says your current political leadership is corrupt? And yet you'll believe everything the Kremlin tells you about not interfering in other countries?
 

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After decades of Soviet, then Nazi and then Soviet occupation it is quite understandable.
There are saying "One hundred kilometres is a big distance for Europe. One hundred years is a long time for USA". Sometimes, you look like Yank, my dear Underseptic friend. There was Pro-Nazies Junta of Ulmanis before Soviet occupation, there was Parliament Republic with half-socialistic reforms, there were Latvian riflemen, fighting in the civil war on the side of Red Army. Before revolution there were hundreds year of Russian Imperial "ocupation", there were hundred of years of Polish abd Sweden occupation, there were hundred years of German Livonian occupatio, there were military and cultural influence of Russian, German and Scandinavian states in medieval times, economical influence of Arabic traders etc... Current situation of the 4-th Reigh occupation is just a stage, not somekind of "The End of History".
I could of course go on about some 'whataboutery' and Russian Nazi's, but you should get the point.
Nazies are West ideology, is part of pro-West self-identification. Last years pro-West ideologies are not popular, and amount of Nazies is significally fallen. There are absolute minority of a virtual Nazies. Few freaks, nothing more.
Aren't you the one who says your current political leadership is corrupt? And yet you'll believe everything the Kremlin tells you about not interfering in other countries?
Man, you can see Russian colonists in Londongrad by your own eyes. Do you believe them, when they say, that they are not part of "Russian interfering" in other countries?
 
There are saying "One hundred kilometres is a big distance for Europe. One hundred years is a long time for USA". Sometimes, you look like Yank, my dear Underseptic friend. There was Pro-Nazies Junta of Ulmanis before Soviet occupation, there was Parliament Republic with half-socialistic reforms, there were Latvian riflemen, fighting in the civil war on the side of Red Army. Before revolution there were hundreds year of Russian Imperial "ocupation", there were hundred of years of Polish abd Sweden occupation, there were hundred years of German Livonian occupatio, there were military and cultural influence of Russian, German and Scandinavian states in medieval times, economical influence of Arabic traders etc... Current situation of the 4-th Reigh occupation is just a stage, not somekind of "The End of History".

Nazies are West ideology, is part of pro-West self-identification. Last years pro-West ideologies are not popular, and amount of Nazies is significally fallen. There are absolute minority of a virtual Nazies. Few freaks, nothing more.

Man, you can see Russian colonists in Londongrad by your own eyes. Do you believe them, when they say, that they are not part of "Russian interfering" in other countries?
https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/t...-russian-apologist-thread.247830/post-8430882
 
Equipment shortages impair German military ahead of key NATO mission
Meanwhile, concern is raised regarding Germany's preparedness to head the VJTF (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force) in 2019. The doubts are responded to by the German Def Min spokesman but include shortages in tanks and other kit such as body armour:
I think poor old Ushi may be a bit keener to look forward to her retirement on a ministerial pension after this one.
Written by the parliamentary commissioner of the Fatherland for the forces no less.
The Beeb are reporting no large transport aircraft (A400M mentioned again) and none out of six subs were serviceable at times either.
None.
Some poor sod has got to break the news gently to Brussels about their dream of an EU army, it is generations away on this showing.
Hopefully in the morning before wine o' clock Central European Time, that should do it.

'Big gaps' in German army, report says
 
So the story so far.

The trial of the benefactor of Ventspils is proceeding. However, his acolytes still occupy senior Ministerial positions in Latvia - and have had regular meetings with senior Russian Ministers, despite being told not to.

Earlier, ABLV Bank has been slapped in public by the Americans and barred from Dollar transactions, there is a run on the bank - a few days before their Under Secretary of State arrives (today). Reason. Russian money laundering and supporting North Korean nuclear weapons programme.

8 year old photo emerge of the Governor of the Bank of Latvia having a jolly good time with a Russian 'Businessman,' who has close connections to important Russian people...

Picture goes viral in the United States, think the Llanberis Times running the story.

Accompanying the picture is the story of the Governor of the Central Bank being arrested for corruption by the Constitutional Protection Bureau, CPB. (Think Box and 6 combined).

Norvik Banka owner - rich Russian living in London states that senior official (Governor) was pressing him to launder money and pay him bribes. He also implicates the Head of the Financial Markets and Capital Commission.

Former Ministry of Economics and current Minister of Finance (Ventspils protege) says the Governor should step down. No-one asks her if she did or did not know before... she smiles for the camera.

Ministry of Agriculture specialists think it is not black and white.
Rural Affairs Ministry think it is shocking.
Financial Markets and Capital Commission specialists think there is a smoking gun, but, that Ministry of Justice is under the influence of Ventspils and the MoJ influence the CPB...

Question posed to me: is this a tit-for-tat between the Americans and the Russians with the fall-out being the creation of dissension within EU Member States about the probity of senior Latvians and therefore their willingness to continue to support NATO operations in Latvia?

Have the CPB been unwittingly used to be the lap-dogs of the Russians? (Ventspils loves Russian money).

And the by-line is that the Governor had asked for a pay raise on his 200,000 a year salary - he deserved more... Given his access to secret EU economic data, perhaps he did, but ordinary Latvians do not see it that way... TBC
 
Could you expand on the whole number of serviceable tanks in the German Army? Are you just troll for the British side?
To which, how many UK tanks are serviceable? Deployable? Please, as a wannabe information warfare bod who knows everything, bring some balance.
244 Leopard 2 in the Bundeswehr. 95 of them serviceable. Our great leaders Reichskanzler Kohl, Putins knoblicker Schroeder and Reichskanzlerin Angela Merkel and their defense lackeys really, really fcuked up.
 
I think poor old Ushi may be a bit keener to look forward to her retirement on a ministerial pension after this one.
Written by the parliamentary commissioner of the Fatherland for the forces no less.
The Beeb are reporting no large transport aircraft (A400M mentioned again) and none out of six subs were serviceable at times either.
None.
Some poor sod has got to break the news gently to Brussels about their dream of an EU army, it is generations away on this showing.
Hopefully in the morning before wine o' clock Central European Time, that should do it.

'Big gaps' in German army, report says
This bit was amusing in a way.
Recurrent funding issues have been highly embarrassing. In 2014, it was revealed that tank commanders had covered up their lack of machine guns by using broomsticks painted black during a Nato exercise.
And this is probably not helping the situation.
It notes that thousands positions for officers were vacant, resulting in a lack of adequate leadership.
A major source of the overall problem may be that the Germans haven't been doing much large scale deployment for some time now, so they haven't had to show they could actually do it which meant the gaps could be swept under the carpet. I suspect it will take years of sustained effort and big gobs of money to set things right. The big question is whether the political will to do so exists at the highest levels of government.
 
My points (btw, do you agree with them?) are
1. It is absolutely unacceptable for a person that occupies official position in governmental structures to make such propositions and remarks.
Indeed, as apparently do the relevant authorities in Lithuania.

2. Such a person should be voided official status immediately if he (she) continues to remain on such an anti-Semitic position.
There should be due process involved, not just reacting to allegations.

3. Reaction of government and parliament in such cases should be tough and immediate.
See above.

4. Reaction of the speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament is insufficient and weak.
According to the story you provided, an investigation into the allegations has been ordered.

5. This case demonstrates that such an ugly thing as anti-Semitism alas still has deep roots in Lithuania.
You will find various forms of racism pretty much everywhere.
 
Aren't you the one who says your current political leadership is corrupt?
Yes, current Russian governments (with few exceptions) is full of Crooks and Thieves.
And yet you'll believe everything the Kremlin tells you about not interfering in other countries?
I don't believe even one word sounded by representatives of Russian government to begin with pres.Putin, PM Medvedev and others.
 

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