Our mission statement
The Lithuania Tribune is a privately owned news service covering Lithuania and the Baltic region in English.
We aim to introduce as many people as possible to a wide range of information and opinion from Lithuania, and to connect the worldwide Lithuanian community with its homeland.
Our aim is to support ideas that will help Lithuania become a modern and forward-looking member of the liberal and progressive world community. We are in favour of a global Lithuania, with the strength and confidence to feel comfortable with new developments while retaining her heritage, language and culture.
We give a platform to as many opinions as possible, while retaining objectivity in our news content. We invite readers to enjoy the evolution of Lithuania, and we welcome all who want to take a constructive role in her future.
Join the Lithuania Tribune news portal! We are looking for those who would like to share their thoughts on Lithuania, language editors, translators, IT specialists; in short everyone who could contribute to this project. If you are interested in joining the Lithuania Tribune write us an email on email@example.com
The Lithuania Tribune team:
Ruslanas Iržikevičius – Founder and Project Coordinator, Editor-in-Chief
Jorge Marcano – Managing Editor
Ilja Šumatbajev – Site Administrator
Liutauras Ulevičius – Co-Founder
Fredrik Rydström – Commentator
Fredrik graduated Vilnius University in 2011 where he was awarded a Cum Laude diploma in Central and Eastern European Studies. His main area of expertise concerns Nordic-Baltic relations and the cultural and economic exchange between the two regions. Apart from this, Fredrik Rydström is a great connoisseur of the kibinas.”
Dick Krickus – is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Mary Washington and has held the H.L. Oppenheimer Chair for Warfighting Strategy at the U.S. Marine Corps University. For 8 years Dr. Krickus wrote a column on world affairs for Lietuvos Rytas, Lithuania’s leading national daily. He has appeared as a commentator on Soviet-Russian affairs on U.S. radio and television on numerous occasions. He is the author of a number of books, including: Pursuing the American Dream; The Superpowers in Crisis; Showdown: The Lithuanian Rebellion and the Break-Up of the Soviet Empire; The Kaliningrad Question; Iron Troikas: The New Threat from the East; and Medvedev’s Plan: Giving Russia a Voice but Not a Veto in a New European Security System.
Džiugas Matulevičius – Reporter
A former philosophy student, now submerged in popular culture and cinema, writes film reviews from a basement in Vilnius.
Tobias Bülow Schmidt-Jasinskis – Commentator
Tobias is a Danish citizen living in Vilnius since 2010, working in IT field. He also plays acoustic rock, which you can listen here.
Jennifer Virškus – Editor
As a Lithuanian-American writer, photographer, and graphic designer, Jennifer splits her time between Europe and the United States. She has worked for Cosmopolitan, FHM, IEVA, Lilit, Powder, Lithuanian Heritage, Condé Nast Traveler, and Aspen Magazine. She has a B.A. in Central and East European Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Rachel is a freelance writer and editor who also works as a German translator at the Holocaust Museum in Melbourne, Australia. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne as well as a Master of Public History from Monash University. Rachel has previously studied in Germany and was also once a student at Vilnius University. Although now based in Australia Rachel continues to maintain a huge interest in Lithuanian history, culture and current affairs.
Fabio Belafatti – Commentator
Fabio is a political analyst for the Milan-based think tank Equilibri, and a contributor of the on-line weekly The Post – Internazionale. He covers issues related to Central Asia The Lithuania Tribune team and the Baltic states. After graduating in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Bologna, he achieved an MSc at the School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London, where he specialized in Middle East and Central Asian politics and society. He is also a member of the editoral staff of the newly-established magazine Erodoto108.
Greta Armonaitytė – Reporter/Translator
After joining the Lithuania Tribune last year, she is currently studying at Vilnius University, English and Spanish languages, but also shares a great interest in country’s political affairs and cultural matters. By involving herself into the activity of information resources, she aspires to gain some extensive knowledge and valuable experience.
Philippa Russell – Editor
Philippa Russell is a recent graduate of University College London, where she was awarded a degree in East European Politics. While her interest in the region has brought her to the Lithuanian Tribune as a language editor and motivated her to travel extensively, her most recent projects have focused closely on Germany and the government’s recent exit from nuclear power.
Vytas Radzevičius – Translator
Vytas is a first generation Lithuanian-American. He received a Bachelor and Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and worked in the automotive industry for 23 years. Now he is working on more creative endeavors as a director/producer/editor of television shows for the Detroit area market. He and his wife, Christine, live in Plymouth, Michigan.
Ernestas Bogdanov – a student of Chemistry faculty at Vilnius University, who holds a huge interest in science and culture. Last year he joined Lithuania Tribune’s team as a translator. His main goal is to spread the word about Lithuania’s political, cultural and scientific situation.
Rimantas Kleiva – Born during the Soviet period, Rimas Kleiva studied English at Vilnius University at the dawn of Lithuanian independence. He later worked for the “Baltic News Service” for 8 years under the supervision of some famous Lithuanian journalists and editors, translating foreign news into Lithuanian. After a few years’ break, he now continues by helping “Lithuania Tribune” on its mission to enlighten the world about Lithuanian affairs.
Ingrida Sinkevičiūtė is really passionate about travelling and charity work. Currently works as a translator and embraces the idea of making Lithuanian affairs more known to the rest of the world.
Lena Gertrūda Cibulskytė – Graduated Vilnius university and gained Master’s diploma of English language lecturer. Currently she is working at Kaunas University of Technology, but her job has nothing to do with the translation, so she is trying to take every opportunity to apply her knowledge and to gain some experience as well.
Modesta Kvederaitė – Modesta is studying Translation at Vilnius University and at the same time trying to get as much translation experience as possible to understand whether her dreams about a translator’s career are worth attention. Thus she recently joined Lithuania Tribune as a translator and performs various translation tasks both at home and in an office. Modesta is interested in culture, science and technologies.
Aistė Lašienė – In 2007 graduated from Vilnius University with the bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. In 2009 finished special English-Lithuanian translating studies also in Vilnius University. Work experience was gained in the fields of finance (as an accountant), courses’ managment (as a coordinator in a course organizing company), freelance translating (English- Lithuanian) and client consulting (on phone, in a parcel shipping company, in English). Interested in psychology, medicine, singing, organizing events for friends. Still eager to learn new things. Now is in the second level of learning Spanish language. Lately had to gain a lot of knowledge about raising a child. Would love to run a little business or organize events or both. Also, time to time she sings in a church choir. For six years she have been singing in the Vilnius University Academic Mixed Choir Gaudeamus. So, to sum up – she is a kind-hearted, helpful, interesting and communicative person!
Laura Bojarskaitė – Laura is a Biochemistry student at University of Copenhagen, an intern in Bio-Nanotechnology Laboratory and a volunteer translator in Lithuania Tribune and TED. Although away from her home country, Laura is interested in current affairs in Lithuania and wants to make Lithuania known internationally.
Justinas Bieliauskas – Translator for the Lithuania Tribune. Finished his BA in International Relations and Politics at the University of Essex, United Kingdom. Thereafter he did his Masters in Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Previously, he worked on developing renewable energy legislation in Lithuania. Currently he is setting up an initiative teaching and accrediting lobbying as a tool for responsible governance. His interest lies in society, innovation and sustainability and the continuous search for balance between authority, humanity and technology.
Nadia Tjahja – Editor for the Lithuania Tribune. Is a law student at the University of Essex, United Kingdom. She currently works as market research assistant and student recruitment events frontrunner in the Marketing and Student Recruitment department of her university. She has previously set up her own student initiative called STUN, which aims to organise academic activities for students from developing and developed countries to bridge cultural differences through leadership projects. Her interest lies in cultural diplomacy; market and business intelligence and the arts.
Sandra Dijokaitė – Translator
Asta Kurulytė – Translator, writer
Arūnas Raudys – Translator
Ieva Ulozevičiūtė – Translator
Adomas Gricius – Translator
Joe Beaumier – Translator
Jurgis Vedrickas – Translator
Dalia Wicks – Translator
Virginijus Sinkevičius – Translator
Karolis Kyga – Translator
Ieva Indriūnaitė – Translator
Isabella Casciola – Language editor
Joe Beaumier – Language editor
Violet King – Language editor
Anthony Hennen – Language editor
Bruce Sloan – Language editor
Stephanie Conlon – Language editor
Tania Dyliene – Language editor
Karen Di Prima – Language editor
Neal Maloney – Language editor, reporter
Anthony Peters – Language editor
Matthew Valentinas – Language editor
Jennifer Virškus – Language editor
Rick Whateley – Language editor
Linda Haber – Language editor
Sara Lischynsky – Language editor
Nicola Lavey – Language editor
Nicola Lavey – Language editor
Mostafa Elgaafary – IT support