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Nekā Personīga: loss of support from politicians may have put an end to Loginovs’ career

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«The criminal investigation launched against the CEO of Riga Freeport Leonids Loginovs has affected the promise he gave a long time ago – to retire. The end of his career may have been put by the loss of support from politicians. The port has failed to reorient its directions after Russia’s sanctions and the embargo that followed. Cargo decline last year was close to 10%, and there is no room for optimism in the future,» – as reported by Nekā Personīga.

Loginov was forced to lay off 30 employees. 70 others have been moved to other posts in the freeport’s subsidiary.

The programme reports that reorganization and lay-offs began at Riga Freeport following recommendations from Deloite Latvia.

Audit was performed by Martins Ziemanis, a Deloite employee. He has been appointed as Loginov’s deputy for legal and administrative matters this year. Loginovs was forced to accept him and Arturs Zandersons following a request from the port’s chairman Andris Ameriks. Names of the newly-appointed officials are not found among the names mentioned on Riga Freeport’s website, as explained by Nekā Personīga.

Martins Ziemanis’ previously represented company Deloitte Latvia was asked by the freeport’s board to assess violations incriminated to Loginovs. «We are aware that Loginovs’ long-time associate Aigars Pecaks, who is on the accused bench along with Loginovs, will leave his post at the freeport along with his boss,» the programme reports

Businessman Julijs Krumins told Nekā Personīga:  «I told him – if you want to stay for long, you needs to listen to all political powers. If Ushakovs asks you to organize a concert, you have to sponsor it. If you are told to support a hockey team, you have to sponsor it. Otherwise you will be thrown out into the street the next day. I had told Inguna so that she does not bother Loginovs, because he is merely a pawn, a secretary. It’s far more important to look for the ones who give the orders.»

Nekā Personīga also reports that the audit commenced by Inguna Subraba and finished by Elita Krumina resulted in charges being raised against Loginovs. The prosecutor’s office accuses him of abuse of official power and illegal payment of bonus money. The first instance court found Loginovs not guilty, which allowed him to stick to his version of assisting the school and victims of a tsunami in Fukushima.

«Loginovs will gladly discuss his generous donations, but not so much the bonus money he paid to members of port authority. I would also like to add that if Loginovs wishes to help the school as much as he claims, there is nothing preventing him from donating his own money,» – State Auditor Elita Krumina told Nekā Personīga.

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