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Liepājas Metalurgs shareholders had donated 56,000 to politicians after receiving state guarantee

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULiepājas Metalurgs (LM) Kirov Lipman, Sergei Zakharin and Ilya Segal had donated LVL 56,000 to the politicians who were in power when LM was provided with the state guarantee for the company’s modernization project.

The government had conceptually agreed to allocate state guarantee to LM in November 2008. This was done for the company to be able to replace the antiquated furnaces. At the time, Ivars Godmanis was Prime Minister and Atis Slakteris – Finance Minister. However, the state guarantee was only officially signed in 2009, 1:1 programme of LTV reports.

According to information of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB), Kirov Lipman had donated LVL 10,000 to LPP/LC in 2009 and LVL 18,000 to Par Labu Latviju (For a Good Latvia) in 2010.

In his interview to LTV, Lipman said he did not receive anything. “It’s a coincidence [allocation of state support and donation]. I never wait for someone else to do something for me,” – he said.

He says that the leaders of For a Good Latvia Andris Skele and Ainars Slesers had convinced him that they would be reliable and would help develop the business environment. “New party, active people – need to help,” – he added.

Lipman, however, had to explain to the Finance Police where he got the money to donate. “After this whole mess, I told myself I would never again support political parties,” – he said. Lipman did add that he does not regret donating money.

Zakharin had donated LVL 14,000 to For a Good Latvia in 2010. Segal had donated as much in 2010. Therefore, LM shareholders had donated a total of LVL 56,000 to politicians who were in power in 2009-2010.

Lipman had also donated an additional LVL 2,000 to National Harmony Party in 2009, and LVL 5,000 to Harmony party, which later became Harmony Centre.

In 1998, Lipman was one of the largest supporters of People’s Party since the party’s foundation in 1998. He had donated a total of LVL 25,000 to Andris Skele’s party, according to information from LETA.

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