Andrius Sytas
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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and other Baltic politicians placed on Russia's wanted list risk arrest if they cross the Russian border, but otherwise declaring them as "wanted" is unlikely to have any practical consequence.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 14, 2024
Moscow puts Estonia PM on wanted list for destroying Soviet-era monuments
After Russia invaded Ukraine, Baltic governments demolished the monuments they considered their former imperial overlords' propaganda tools.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appears for his court hearing in Moscow on Jan. 28, 2021.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 26, 2023
Russia moves opposition leader Alexei Navalny to Arctic prison
Temperatures at the 'Polar Wolf' colony, one of the toughest prisons in Russia, are set to drop to around minus 28 degrees Celsius over the next week.
Japan Times
Feb 2, 2023
Latvia vows to boycott Olympics if Russia included
Latvia, which borders Russia, has been a strong supporter of Ukraine together with Baltic neighbors Estonia and Lithuania.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2022
Hope in the dark? How Eastern Europe can help keep Ukraine's power on
Countries in Europe and beyond are in a race to supply Ukraine with the equipment needed to light and heat the country in winter.
Japan Times
Nov 23, 2022
On Europe's new front lines, red tape, politics and potholes hamper defense
Planners from the Baltics to Romania are scrutinizing potential military reinforcement routes, planning to fortify bridges and adding military transport functions to civilian airports.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2022
EU nears compromise deal to defuse standoff with Russia over Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad, which relies on railways and roads through Lithuania for most goods, has been cut off from some freight transport from mainland Russia since June 17.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2022
The Baltic states want more NATO. They won't get all they seek.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Baltic states have been calling for their region to receive the biggest buildup of combat-ready NATO forces in Europe since the end of the Cold War.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2021
Lithuania braces for China-led corporate boycott over Taiwan office
China has told multinationals to sever ties with Lithuania or face being shut out of the Chinese market.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on