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TV3 Latvia gets the crown as top earner among Baltic media in 2014

Despite the wars and turbulences in world around us, for the Baltic media 2014 was a year of relative stability. No big international media players entered the Baltic media market, but none left, too. Estonian tycoons continued the trend to acquire outlets in the other Baltic countries. The most profitable Baltic media house was TV3 - Latvia who grossed 3.08 millions euros, annual survey “Baltic Media Health Check 2014 - 2015” reports.

The Parallel Universes

Awakened by Russia’s conflict with Ukraine, the Baltic countries are trying to figure out how to win the hearts and minds of their Russian minorities who are lured by Russian TV channels with seemingly endless federal financing. The worried Western allies are stepping up funds for journalist training and Russian-language programming, but there are more undercurrents to tackle in the Baltics, reaching beyond providing more and objective information.

The Schoolboy Who Burned The Cactus

Their mothers are overworked from making ends meet and they often raise their children alone. Schools could be springboards to opportunity for their kids — not only by offering knowledge, but also by motivating and developing character. Can schools in Latvia do that?

Islands for the Poverty Stricken

The small schools in Latvia's poor rural districts frequently serve as havens, but their school children receive an inferior education compared to their urban peers.

Kremlin's Millions

With one hand, Kremlin strangles non-governmental organizations in Russia. With another, it generously supports the defenders of its interests in the Baltics.

Life In The Fog

Compared to Soviet propaganda, which targeted ideological supporters of socialism and communism, Putin's propaganda machine targets individuals who hold different – often conflicting – worldviews.

Antonov's and ABLV millions appear in secret Swiss accounts

A disgraced Russian banker, an Estonian-born advertising guru and Baltic oil traders kept money in Switzerland away from the prying eyes of the local tax authorities

Latvia torn between money and fear of Russia

For almost a year Re:Baltica collected information from Latvia's business, land and property registers and analysed the 315 most expensive real estate deals in Latvia where foreigners were involved. The purpose was to get a full picture of the people who, during the turbulent times in Ukraine and a growing stand-off between the West and Russia, have opted for Latvia's ultra-cheap “golden visa” programme and find the origin of the money.

Putin's middle class is fleeing to Latvia

Vitaly Mansky, a Russian documentary director, knows exactly when he decided to establish a bolt hole outside of the Russian Federation. It was the spring of 2014, and Mansky was in Spain for a film festival, watching the news in his hotel room. An anchor at one of the Kremlin-controlled news stations reported that Russia’s parliament had allowed President Vladimir Putin to use the army to protect his compatriots in other countries. In other words, they had legalized the annexation of Crimea and provided support for pro-Russian combatants in Eastern Ukraine.

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Latvia's golden visas

Latvia torn between money and fear of Russia

After Russian president's flawed elections in 2012, annexation of Crimea and flaring up of Ukraine - Latvia's "golden visa" program experienced a flood of applications from the both countries. Now the country is torn between the wish to make money and fear of Russia. Re:Baltica examines 315 most expensive property deals during last year to find out who is running away from Putin's Russia.

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Imprisoned in the Baltics

The Baltic countries has the largest prisoners population in the European Union. They have twice as much prisoners as an EU average. Society believes that locking them up serves them right and does not realize that the prison system with the violence and the Soviet-era traditions is a crime academy, not a place of reformation. 

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Health in Latvia

While Latvia is planning to introduce a more “just'' health care reform, which will leave thousands outside the health system, Re:Baltica's research shows that a more fair distribution of financing could improve public health already now. That's not happened for years because of opposition from a few doctors and a business lobby.

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The Other Side of Latvia's 'Success' Story

In January 2014 Latvian and U.S. students participated in a joint project at Riga's soup kitchens to try to understand for which groups in the Latvian capital the crisis remains far from over. These clips tell the stories of 31 Rigans. 

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Small Wages

Latvians are lazy and prefer to live off welfare benefits. To stay profitable, businesses must bring in workers from other countries. This is the rhetoric one frequently hears from Latvian politicians and businessmen. Re:Baltica undertook the task of clarifying why, given that the unemployment level is still high, businesses cannot find low-skilled workers. To understand the situation, Re:Baltica went out to work in a fish factory and a supermarket.

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Press Intimidation in the Baltic States

Lithuania’s Masked Ball, Media Freedom and Press Intimidation in the Baltic States.

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Baltic Drug Couriers

They travel abroad to earn easy money, but pay with something more valuable- their freedom. In some cases with their lives. Each year about 100 drug couriers from the Baltic states are arrested in foreign countries. This number doubled during the economic crisis. Why did they do this? And what do they think about, sitting in prisons thousands of kilometres from home?

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The Fall of Vladimir Antonov

In November 2011 two large Baltic banks collapsed - Latvijas Krājbanka and Snoras bank in Lithuania. It turned out that the owner of the banks, Russian millionaire Vladimir Antonov, gambled with depositor money to fuel his business ambitions and desire for a luxurious lifestyle. Re:Baltica investigated how Antonov pumped out the money from the banks, and why banking regulators didn’t notice what he was doing.

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Why can't the Baltics Cooperate?

Failed Liquid Gas Terminal Project

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Money from Russia

In 2007, President Vladimir Putin established the Russkiy Mir foundation. Designed to promote Russian culture abroad, the foundation prides itself on being open. But Re:Baltica found consistent lack of transparency in the foundation's activities in the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Russkiy Mir doesn’t disclose all organizations it funds and what amounts were granted to which organizations. Who got this funding and how was it used? Explore this first cross-border investigation in the Baltics to find out.

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Dirty money

Defrauded millions from Ukraine and bloody drug cartel´s money from Mexico were laundered through Latvian banks. Money was transferred using offshore companies led by Latvians. Local directors didn't even know that they became millionaires on paper.

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Along with colleagues from all 28 EU states, Re:Baltica takes European Parliament to the Court

Seminar for journalists: How to Brand an Article?

Re:Baltica and partners object to mixing journalism and propaganda in US embassy grant

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