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Ceturtdiena 22.03.2018 | Name days: Tamāra, Dziedra

Krumins: Lembergs guilty of Latvia's economic failures

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Businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš

The government did not participate in the privatisation of Ventspils Nafta (VN), instead, it received a huge amount of money so that everything would work in the interest of the involved entrepreneurs, pointed out the millionaire Julijs Krumins (Jūlijs Krūmiņš) in an interview for the journal Ir.

«60% of the Saeima deputies did not wait for their salary, but expected that Aivars will bring back suitcases full of money,» the millionaire claimed one week ago in the so-called Lembergs case.

«The Saeima was used to receiving  another wage from Ventspils. It was about five times higher than their basic salary, and decisions necessary for one or the other group were taken,» told Krumins.

The stevedoring company Man-Tess owner was one of the entrepreneurs who monitored the process of VN privatisation. He also was promised a part of VN shares. Krumins noted that neither the government, nor the Latvian Privatisation Agency took part in this process.

According to what was said by Krumins, «in order to privatize and to facilitate this process, Lembergs suggested giving 21% to politicians». «The major parties at that time were Latvijas ceļš, TB/LNNK and Saimnieks, and we had to give 7% to each party,» asserted Krumins. The parties did not pay for their shares, as the entrepreneurs, who participated in VN privatization did it. The Prime Minister at that time, Andris Skele (Andris Šķēle), was also involved in the transaction. «At first he had been made promises, but then they threw him out,» said Krumins, when explaining how «Skele and Lembergs war» had begun.

As regards the so-called «scholarship holder case», Krumins is convinced that «there are scholarship holders». Moreover, he pointed out that one of the reasons why the inhabitants of Ventspils have diverging opinions is Lembergs’ negative attitude towards people.

Nevertheless, Krumins admits he himself not being completely without fault, yet, he has not bought politicians. As far as he is concerned, at the present moment, all the economic issues are decided by three people – Lembergs, Skele and Slesers. «They regard the inhabitants of Latvia as a bunch of fools that can be made use of,» added the entrepreneur.

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