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De Facto: millionaire Krumins’ family donates to UGF; four more houses to be built in Jurmala

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian businessman Julijs Krumins’ daughter donated EUR 19,000 to the Union of Greens and Farmers in May, as reported by LTV programme De Facto. Krumins has confirmed this, adding that «four more houses are to be built in Jurmala».

Searches, arrests and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s commenced criminal process on possible illegal financing of political parties – these events had shaken Jurmala more than half a year ago. Gatis Truksnis – then the major of Jurmala – and businessman Julijs Krumins ended up among suspects in this case. On top of that, Truksnis-led city council had possibly made decisions in favour of Krumins’ interests. In addition, Truksnis likely lived in a luxurious house owned by Krumins’ family for a long time, the programme reports.

De Facto journalists say the criminal process began loudly. However, there has been no news about the development of this case for a long time. Instead Jurmala was full of pre-election promises from Truksnis this week. KNAB denies delaying the progress in the case. «No, the case remains in an investigation stage. Investigators continue their work in cooperation with the prosecutor’s office. I allow that that soon, I cannot say when, the case will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office,» says deputy chief of KNAB in corruption prevention matters Janis Roze.

Krumins and Truksnis are not allowed to meet. This does not, however, prevent the businessman’s family from supporting Truksnis’ pre-election campaign. Kurims’ daughter has donated EUR 19,000 to UGF this month, De Facto reports.

«I don’t know if they have a chance to win, but we usually provide support because we have a hotel in Jurmala, and we need someone to support. Farmers helped us once in the past, and we support hem now,» says Krumins. He continues: «I know my family supports them and has transferred some money to this party. They have four more houses to build in Jurmala. This is why they support the party, yes.»

De Facto’s journalists comment: «MEP and former member of the Union of Greens and Farmers Iveta Grigule was rather generous. She donated EUR 4,000 to UGF in May. She also paid for dozens of Truksnis’ posters as a third person. Representatives of For Latvia’s Development turned to KNAB because they believe Grigule is not to be considered a person unassociated with the party. Because of that, expenses can be added to the party’s total pre-election expenses.»

De Facto and Grigule shared a conversation on this topic:

De Facto: «Who turned to you with a request – Romans Mezeckis?»

Grigule: «No, I cannot confirm this information. Ask KNAB about amounts…»

De Facto: «Was it your initiative?»

Grigule: «Good day to you! Of course – I love this party!»

LTV notes the large-scale pre-election campaign and Truksnis’ avoidance of the media paints a clear picture of UGF’s fight for victory in Jurmala. The party’s promises match word for word what was said in previous elections. «I’ve not asked him [Truksnis] because I’ve not met with him. Still, as far as I’ve heard from all sources, he has not participated in any interviews,» says head of the Green Party’s Jurmala office Janis Ledins.

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