Aleks Tapinsh

A Latvian journalist splitting my time between three Baltic capitals – Latvia's Riga, Lithuania's Vilnius and Estonia's Tallinn. I blog about Latvia and the Baltics.

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Latvia: Freedom of Speech Controversy

  6 December 2008

Prominent Latvians are outraged over the detention of a university lecturer at a seaside town of Ventspils by the security police. The economic crisis, a bank bailout, and the launched talks with the International Monetary Fund served as a backdrop for the arrest of Dmitrijs Smirnovs, who said this during a discussion at a provincial newspaper Ventas Balss: "The only thing that I can recommend is: first of all, do not save money in banks; second of all, do not save money in lats because right now it is very dangerous."