Rygos naujienos

Rygos naujenos (literally: news of Riga) was a Lithuanian-language newspaper printed in Riga, Latvia, from December 29, 1909 to July 11, 1915. Liberal in political orientation, but nationalist (pro-Lithuanian) and anti-communist, the paper was the most widely circulated newspaper amongst Lithuanian citizens residing in Latvia. It was founded and edited by Liudvikas Jakavičius.

Rygos naujienos
Front page for December 6, 1909
TypeWeekly newspaper
Founder(s)Liudvikas Jakavičius (Lietuvanis)
FoundedDecember 6, 1909
Ceased publicationJuly 11, 1915

Publication historyEdit

Its first issue was published on December 29, 1909, and it was issued every week until July 11, 1915.[1] The newspaper was printed in black and white and its main emphasis was Lithuanian politics, economics, literature and the social life of notable Lithuanian nationals living abroad.[1] The newspaper was liberal, but nationalist (pro-Lithuanian) and anti-communist in political ideology.[2]

The most distinguished contributors of Rygos naujenos were Tadas Balanda; Zigmas Gaidamavičius (poet); Konstantinas Jasiukaitis (writer); Jonas Krikščiūnas (poet); Kazys Puida (writer); Ona Pleirytė (writer); Balys Sruoga (writer); Juozas Petrulis (historian) and Kostas Stiklius (journalist). The printing house which produced the newspaper, called "Lietuvos Knygynas," was located in 20 Kataliku Street in Riga, Latvia.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Rygos naujienos," in Zurnalistikos Enciklopedija (Encyclopedia of Journalism). Vilnius: Pradai, 1997; pg. 427.
  2. ^ "Rygos naujienos," in Mazoji Lietuviskoji Tarybine Enciklopedija (Small Lithuanian Soviet Encyclopedia). Vilnius: Mintis, 1971; pg. 80.
  3. ^ "Rygos Naujienos," in Lietuvių naminis draugas (Liudvikas Jakavicius, AB Lietuvos Knygynas, 1905; pg. 01, book in the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania)

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