Initial author of ‘Neērtais Vaškevičs, uzbrukums valstij’ [Inconvenient Vaskevics, attack on country] Nataliya from Moscow has turned to Nekā personīga, saying that most of the facts mentioned in the film were fabricated.
This film tells about the persecution of former high-rank official of the State Revenue Service and Finance Ministry Vladimir Vaskevics and his wife Inara Vilkaste in Latvia.
Nataliya told the programme that Vaskevics is her husband’s former classmate. She is also acquainted with Vilkaste: «She was the one who told us her story. I was shocked and believed her. I said it would be worth a shot. She agreed and travelled to Moscow, where we began».
In the film, the origin of Vilkaste’s wealth was explained the following way: «She bought a large plot of land in Mezaparks for LVL 170,000. World-famous architect Ginters Pitels became interested in it. Three years later Vilkaste sold the same plot of land for 30 million. It is now known that the land was bought by a company owned by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselbergs. The new SRS building was built on that plot of land,» Nekā personīga reports.
Active work on the film began in spring 2014, according to the programme. To achieve the desired level of resonance, it was planned to produce it in cooperation from some British TV channel. While analysing documents and looking for clues, companies found that «something did not add up». Nataliya could not explain how Vilkaste managed to become a millionaire in real estate from a Soviet sales worker. Nor could she explain why Vilkaste came under attack from the entire state apparatus.
«We could not find any reasonable explanation, because what we were told by Vilkaste simply crumbled into dust. There is no way she could have become the most successful construction project developer and millionaire out of the blue: this kind of thing requires experience and education in architecture or management,» the film’s author told Nekā Personīga.
Ginters Pitels, who fashions himself a world-class architect, claims to have built the Atlanta City Council Building in USA and music hall in Vienna. There is no way, however, to find out for certain who built those buildings. Only general information is available. Ginters Pitels represents MCI Invest LLP. Some sources claim he had one worked in the banking sector in the Near East. Other sources claim he worked somewhere in Africa and China.
The film shows the architect in some office in Moscow, not Austria. Projects presented by him have Russian writing on them.
«The explanation that this mega-architect had suddenly come up with a project and because of that the price jumped from 2 million to 35 million, quickly vanished because it turned out that he is no mega-architect. And this in no way made this mega-deal all the more believable,» Nataliya said.
Doctors have a major role in Vaskevics’ defence in the film – the arguments against Vaskevics’ extradition to Latvia are based on their conclusions.
«Windows to Vaskevics’ hospital ward are covered. It seems more likely that no one is there. Some of the footage shows Vilkaste helping him get on a wheelchair. Vaskevics does not speak but rather communicates using signs. The film crew can be heard in the background, asking the episode re-shot over and over because Vaskevics moves to quickly and too independently,» the programme notes.
Vladimir Vaskevics’ interview, which took place in 2013, was filmed in the same ward. A hospital box containing old papers can be seen on the background. Vaskevics no longer has difficulty speaking clearly. He claims he was tortured in prison in Latvia. This is confirmed by a German-speaking specialist from Austria – David Visoki. He claims Vaskevics state of health is heavy. He adds that it would be best not to transport Vaskevics anywhere. Visoki mentioned in the film that Vaskevics was apparently tortured in Latvia worse than captives in Guantanamo prison.
«I can tell you a secret – the interview with the doctor who provided information on Vaskevics’ health and the interview with the architect were both filmed in Moscow. If you look at materials, you can clearly see it took place in Moscow,» Natalyia said.
David Visoki is presented as the president of Austrian General and Special Psychology – Traumatology Society. There is very little information available about the doctor – in some Russian magazine published in Vienna, Davids Visoki or Visokiy offers psychiatry services in small advertisement. Visoki mentions in the film that he knows Vaskevics rather well. He also mentions that he had helped Vaskevics avoid extradition to Latvia, Nekā personīga reports.
When everyone arrived in Vienna in summer 2014 to film Vilkaste’s and Vaskevics’ meeting in the hospital, the interview with Vaskevics’ doctor and Vilkaste’s architect, the concept of the film fell apart completely.
«After filming in Austria, we understood that everything we did – the entire film – was made using fabricated facts. From beginning to the end. Inara Vilkaste from Forbes list is a fake, the story about Vaskevics is a fake, the divorce between Vilkaste and Vaskevics is a fake, the architect is a fake and so is the doctor,» the author told Nekā personīga.
After all those fakes, Nataliya’s co-author left the film crew. The group decided to discontinue work after that. Vilkaste asked the film to be given to her, but received a decline. In 2016, the film unexpectedly appeared at a small London film festival. It was later shown to the European Parliament. Nataliya believes that one of the members of the film crew must have given it to Vilkaste.
The original film crew is currently making a documentary about how that film is a fake.