«In Latvia, you can say, discuss and argue about absolutely anything, but once the topic touches [Aivars] Lembergs, everyone, including politicians of different colour and status avoid it like fire,» – says Ventspils City Council deputy Aivis Landmanis in his rhetorical question about the deterring and unnatural power of this unspoken taboo.
«On 17 August news was quietly announced in Latvia that Aivars Lembergs became a suspect in the so-called oligarchs case. Lembergs, among other things, is accused of committing especially serious crimes. Such politically discrediting news would no doubt shock any democratic society with any semblance of self-respect. At the very least authorities would request having the politician accused of serious crimes removed from his post. In countries like Sweden, Germany and Estonia, such politicians would be swiftly whipped off and tossed into the dustbin of history, because these countries heavily condemn bribery, abuse of official power and trade of influence. This is because they understand that such activities serve no other purpose but to delay economic development. Society in those countries are proud of their economic accomplishments, industrial development and stories of technological success like Skype and others,» – adds Landmanis.
«We also have many ‘accomplishments’ we are proud of. Our politicians have managed to oppose adopting an ideology that would condemn corrupt, wasteful, money-laundering and capitalistically cultivated activities. Unlike the ‘losers’ Estonians, our fearless politicians have managed to resist ‘provocations’ and not allow justice to be served to ‘honest people’ who take what they want and share amongst themselves. On 18 August LTV Panorāma programme reported – our country’s government has begun tackling the 2016 budget development process. The entire country held its breath watching tired faces of ministers and Saeima deputies so deep in worry and discussions. What will it come to? Will they find a solution? Suddenly Aivars Lembergs’ face appears on the screen. The audience can now relax. The country’s national treasure, Latvia’s NOKIA, has come to help our ‘heroic government’. Aivars Lembergs – the one man who knows best where money needs to be put, and if there is no money – how it can be pulled from wallets of employers and pensioners,» – the deputy continues.
«What is this mystical power that has lifted Lembergs above the law and morals? One gets the impression that crimes against human health and lives are not an obstacles in Lembergs’ way to steer Latvia in the direction favourable to only its haters,» – believes Landmanis.
The deputy believes «the roots of this taboo lie in Lembergs communist past, in which Latvia was and is a province of USSR. While other countries are proud of their Skype, our people submit to the father of another country’s soft power experiment. More and more it seems we have become hostages of special services of a hostile country,» – says the politician. Landmanis adds that «the beating of NATO troops in Ventspils, the cold response to pensioners from Lembergs’ girlfriend [Solvita] Aboltina, the inability to get rid of insufferable ministers (Kaspars Gerhards and Anrijs Matiss) and keeping the founder of Helsinki-86 human rights protection group, 64-year-old Linards Grantins under arrest only serves to demonstrate the influence of Communist KGB on nearly every political party in the country.»