Talkative businessman Julijs Krumins has a vision about Latvia that is not the ‘dump’ it is now. The model for improving Latvia is simple: Krumins buys politicians, judges and journalists; everyone does a collective spit on the laws. This way everyone will live well. And if someone requires money, they can ask Krumins and he shall give, as Aivars Ozolins wrote for Ir portal.
«This is nothing new. Krumins is not the first one to have such a vision. The only thing different about him is that the talks more than others about it.
In his Tuesday interview to LTV, Krumins threatened to blow up KNAB if the bureau decided to involve his daughter in his mess. He pays money to politicians so that they ‘improve at least something’, so he cannot be accused of bribery. We have a very weak court justice system, but he has given his judge friend 200,000 or 300,000 and an apartment. On top of that, he spits on the court’s applied restriction for him to travel outside the country. ‘I’ve given so many bribes that I can’t even remember properly’, he told an Ir journalist. Immediately after, he offered a bribe to make sure the magazine does not publish that,» – Ozolins wrote, adding that Latvia seems like a very comfortable dump for Julijs Krumins.
Ir magazine intends to publish all of Krumins’ interview. KNAB has arrested him and a couple of other ‘good people’ who have been helping him throughout the years.
[…] «There are also other reasons why Krumins will fail to create his ideal Latvia: a country in which he is a good boy who gives money to good people and everything is alright. This vision is impossible because it is necessary to first provide money to equally good boys who wish to be the rulers of their own dumps. Krumins knows that competition for project development in Latvia is especially intense. Six years ago he testified in court that Aivars Lembergs or ‘one of the biggest thieves’ had carried bags full of money to the Saeima to ensure favourable outcomes and expansion of his influence, which is a whole different scale from his own charity efforts.
On top of that, Lembergs never dropped so low as to carry those bags of money personally. Others carried them for him. This included Krumins as well. He said: ‘I was given 70,000 in Ventspils so that I would pass 50,000 to [former grey cardinal of the National Alliance Normunds] Lacuks’. Guntars Krasts as prime minister was tossed away by Lembergs like a used condom. This is because he had one purpose – signing the papers concerning the privatization or rather theft of Ventspils nafta, Krumins now says.
If Lembergs is sentenced to five or ten years, he will get amnesty on the next day. Such a prediction was voiced by Krumins from his hospital bed in his interview to 1:1 LTV programme. Five or ten years?! But what if amnesty is delayed? For wealthy people, especially politicians, conflicts with the law usually result in quick and very bad impact on their health. After spending three months in prison in 2007, Lembergs came out looking much older than he does today. Sort of like Krumins in the hospital,» – Ir reports.
«I was not allowed to do anything,» – Krumins complains. Latvia’s second ‘legal’ thief Andris Skele had made sure Krumins cannot build Man-Tess terminal in Kundzinsala, even though the businessman said he would pay the two million bribe, but only after the project’s completion.
Nevertheless, Krumins did try to do some good for his Latvian dump. Ir found out that he was the one who had convinced former chairman of the Constitutional Court Gunars Kutris to join Sudraba’s party. He had also convinced Ringolds Balodis, former head of the Enterprise Register and Truksnis’ advisor, and his party member Romans Mezeckis to vote for Raimonds Vejonis at the presidential elections. He had also financed UGF’s election campaign to put Iveta Grigule in the European Parliament.
«You can choose not to believe his promise to make Yaroslav Strelchenok his janitor in Baltezers. You can also choose not to believe Lembergs’ shocking theory about Truksnis’ alleged goal to ensure Strelchenok is not re-elected in his post in KNAB. (There were speculations before that Strelchenok decided to act because he no longer has support from UGF). Regardless, it is hard to believe the political elite and high-rank officials do not know that Krumins, Lembergs or Skele are involved in settling state affairs.
(…) Lembergs has been engaged in criminal proceedings for years, but there has been no call from UGF’s side to remove him from his post.
The obligations of the prime minister’s party before green farmers are welcome by the latter, but the level of responsibility is gradually becoming too much for them. Authorities may discover uncomfortable details about the good people and their decision-buying habits. But even now it is possible to conclude that Latvia as a filthy dump project will not turn out successful for the good boys, especially when they are up to their ears in filth,» – Ozolins concluded.