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Lithuanian report
by Euro Reporter
2014-04-06 11:38:44
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Lithuania bans Russian TV station over 'lies'

Lithuania banned broadcasts of a Russian TV channel for three months on Friday for showing a film that authorities said lied about events in 1991, when the Soviet army tried unsuccessfully to remove its pro-independence government. Tensions between the Baltic states, including Lithuania, and Russia have risen since the Ukraine crisis. The former Soviet republics fear Moscow is trying to destabilize their region, which like Crimea also has large Russia-speaking minorities.

lithuania_400_01A Lithuanian court upheld a move by a media watchdog to suspend the Gazprom-owned NTV Mir after it broadcast the movie this month, on the eve of the 24th anniversary of Lithuania's declaration of independence from Soviet Union. "The movie intentionally spread lies about events in Lithuania on January 13, 1991 ... mocking the Lithuanian people and scorning the memory of the fighters for Lithuanian freedom," Lithuania's broadcast watchdog, which asked for the ban, said in a statement. In January 1991, 13 civilians were killed in Vilnius as the Soviet army stormed a TV tower and the headquarters of the TV station.

Russian media sometimes insist that the civilians were killed by undercover Lithuanians in order to discredit the Soviet army, something that Lithuania denies. The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, part of NATO and the European Union since 2004, still in large part depend on Russia for energy and trade and have sizeable Russian-speaking minorities. A similar three-month ban on rebroadcasts of Russia's state-owned Channel One was imposed by Lithuania in October, also for alleged lies about January 1991 events.


Lithuania woman acquitted of suicide bombing plot

An appeals court has acquitted a Lithuanian woman who was convicted by a lower court of plotting a suicide bombing against an undetermined Russian military target.

Egle Kusaite was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of links to radical Islamist groups, including Chechen militants, and sentenced to 10 months in prison in 2013 for engaging in terrorist activities.

The appeals court overturned her conviction Friday, saying that even though Kusaite had expressed an intention to commit terror acts, she had no concrete plan. Prosecutors claim the 24-year-old had received orders to blow herself up at a military target in Russia.


Lithuania's President relays greetings via amateur radio

A greeting from Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite was transmitted via LituanicaSAT-1. Grybauskaite may be the first head of state to send a message via an Amateur Radio satellite, her country's first. Using a handheld radio and the call sign LY5N, she transmitted through the satellite's FM voice transponder. Her words, "Greetings to all Lithuanians around the world!" were recorded on a memory chip in the satellite and the message was successfully transmitted from space on March 22.

Last year Grybauskaite visited the Science Communication and Information Center at Vilnius University and got to see the LituanicaSAT-1 CubeSat, then being readied for its trip into space. LituanicaSAT-1 was launched to the International Space Station on January 9 and deployed into orbit with other Amateur Radio satellites on February 28. The tiny satellite, measuring just 10 x 10 x 10 cm and weighing slightly more than 1 kg, carries a VGA camera and a 145/435 MHz FM Amateur Radio voice transponder, designed and built by Lithuanian radio amateurs


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