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Kaimiņš: Lembergs is Latvia’s biggest misfortune

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt is no secret to anyone that the parliamentary committee in charge of investigating Oligarch case has so-called experts that are closely associated with infamous Ventspils politician Aivars Lembergs or his family. In an interview to BNN, Saeima member Artuss Kaimiņš shared his opinion about the latest scandalous development associated with Oligarch talks. He calls Lembergs Latvia’s biggest misfortune.

Oligarch case’s parliamentary investigation committee – complete popcorn, Kaimiņš says

«As much as I would like to, I cannot participate in activities of this committee, because I am not affiliated with any party. Only parliament members affiliated with political factions can become members of this committee,» Kaimiņš explains.

At the same time, he mentions that Saeima’s rules of procedure do not prohibit him from taking part in meetings of this committee. «I can come to meetings and I can listen and play the silent man, but I do not have any voice there. I cannot even say a word without express permission from the committee’s head».

Looking back at meetings that have been held by the committee so far, Kaimiņš is very ironic and harsh towards them: «I will say only this – they bark a lot about nothing». As for experts picked to assist the committee, Kaimiņš says those people were all directly or indirectly associated with Lembergs at some point in the past.

BNN had previously reported that among the experts assisting the committee is Aivars Borovkovs, who signed a contract with Lembergs on the purchase of shares in 1993, is also involved in committee’s work. Borovkovs was also the head of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s public advisory council in the past. One other consultant for the committee is Aldis Alliks, who was paid money as Anrijs Lembergs’ attorney. Reports are also provided to the committee by publicist Imants Liepiņš, who wrote a lot for Neatkarīgā newspaper, which is closely associated with Lembergs’ family.

Kaimiņš reveals: «I have personally seen Lembergs sitting with his ‘personal PR agent’ Imants Liepiņš in a closed restaurant of Radisson Bly Latvia half a year ago. The two of them were together and one of them was carefully listening to what the other one was saying. It it was shortly before Lembergs’ court hearing».

Edgars Jansons, who was in charge of a company partially owned by Lembergs in the past, also has a voice in the committee.

Commenting on members of the committee, Kaimiņš says: «The only thing lacking to complete this mess is for Lembergs to be in charge of this committee. Then play with your cards out. Then Lembergs would invite his son, his deputies and everyone else to investigate the case – at least this approach would not mislead people of the committee’s purpose.»

«All of those people support Sudraba, who, I can only assume, decides on her own which experts to invite. Other members of the committee, I think, are merely there to sit and look busy,» Kaimiņš says.

Continuing, the politician adds: «Looking at all those developments, when those talks were being published and the committee was being formed, it looked to me that something good would come of it. But once the Union of Greens and Farmers joined hands with Harmony and To Latvia from the Heart and Sudraba was somehow made the head of the committee, I looked and thought – what is this nonsense?»

Kaimiņš is also confused over Mārtiņš Šics’ vote in favour of appointing Sudraba as the head of the committee, because his vote was the deciding one.

As for the future of the committee, Kaimiņš says: «I think they will write in their report that there are signs of state capture and that they will provide recommendations for improvements of the Lobby Law. I genuinely think society has become bored of all this. They understand that nothing will change and continue watching the situation develop as if it were a bad hockey game.»

«It is strange that Sudraba is mentioned by the committee not as a participant of oligarch talks. Perhaps that is the current goal of the committee,» Kaimiņš says.

Kaimiņš explains how Lembergs convince people to work for him

Kaimiņš has multiple theories about Lembergs’ little helpers: «Maybe he [Lembergs] has some book, in which he records all the things people did wrong, and, to make sure they don’t go against him, he threatens to reveal all the cards about those people.»

«Then there is the good, old-fashioned promise of material wealth in exchange for obedience. Or maybe there is some truth about his neuro-linguistic programming methods, aka brainwashing.» Kaimiņš says Lembergs works in many different ways, seeing as though he has a big team of loyal helpers.

Can Lembergs emerge safe and sound from this mess?

Kaimiņš mentions that once every four years residents have the opportunity to vote. With that, he is confused why UGF’s ratings remain unaffected by such scandals. ‘It seems to me voters are quite satisfied with this situation. Or maybe information never reaches them, or they are satisfied with it and there are only a handful of people that are not. And then there is this I often hear from people – «Lembergs steals, but he also shares», or «Ventspils is such a beautiful city». I think Ventspils is the only city in Latvia where you can literally walk naked in the evening, because there aren’t a lot of people living there.’

Kaimiņš also mentions the continuing criminal processes launched against Lembergs, adding that maybe things will start moving when he turns 100.

«If I get whacked, it won’t be hard finding the one who did it,» Kaimiņš said.

When asked if he fears for his life, Kaimiņš said: «If I get whacked, it won’t be hard finding the one who did it. How many people left this world with some assistance – thirteen, fourteen? In any case, should anything happen to me, then, please, the prime suspect is well-known already.»

As previously reported by BNN, during Aivars Lembers’ rule, there had been 13 deaths among his associates. All of them were either sudden, strange or both.

Full detailed account can be found here

«There is one thing I can’t wrap my head around: what else does he need? He has money and so does his family. He has surprisingly good health as well. What else does he need?» Kaimiņš rhetorically asks.

The deputy voices his predictions: «I think Lembergs is one of Kremlin’s people, but I don’t know what motivates him. Maybe Kremlin has a book of secrets about him.»

Will there be another Lembergs after Lembergs?

Kaimiņš says he has given some though about Lembergs’ throne. He says everything he has could be inherited by his wife Kristīne. «He has no real heir, no trusted person to hand over everything he has done here. This is why he has to pull it all himself.»

The politician predicts that the next municipal elections may have his wife participating, because little Artūrs is far too young: «Putting someone so young at the steering wheel would be madness,» Kaimiņš said with a smile.

Speaking of Lembergs as a personality, Kaimiņš allows that Lembergs may have some inferiority complex. «His expensive clothes, texts, gestures, I even think he has pockets of cash with him at all times. He likes showing off. I think he suffers from attention deficit, which is something confirmed by psychologists.»

In conclusion, Kaimiņš said he has some hopes for the future: «I think it would be a great gift for Latvia’s centenary if Lembergs were put in prison. It would help surgically removing this malignant Communist tumour. I will repeat myself – Lembergs is Latvia’s biggest misfortune».


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  1. Ilmars says:

    The parliamentary comission investigation of the oligarch case is nothing more than one bunch of crooks investigating another bunch of crooks.
    The greatest gift for Latvia’s Centenary would indeed be Lembergs being put in jail.

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