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Oleg Osinovskis maintains contacts with Latvian politicians

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe now dismissed Chief of LDz Ugis Magonis is not the only influential official in Latvia whose phone number is recorded in Oleg Osinovskis phone book.

Osinovskis’ «collection» has phone numbers of people like Raimonds Vejonis, Nils Ushakovs, Eriks Teilans, Andrejs Elksnins, Solvita Aboltina and Dzintars Zakis. Whether or not these contacts are currently in use to «ease up» the investigation of the case is unknown, as is the purpose of EUR 500,000 Magonis received from Osinovskis, writes Diena.

The fact that Magonis has people ‘with enormous influence and contacts’ that can be used to influence the investigation was openly stated by Riga Regional Court Judge Juris Stukans when he was asked to explain his decision to keep Magonis under arrest. Unlike Magonis, Osinovskis has not been accused of impeding the investigation yet. However, Osinovskis did spend several hours in Latvia’s embassy in Tallinn two weeks ago. Presumably he was being interviewed there by investigators of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, according to Diena’s information.

Osinovskis is used to resolving business matters in person, so he is an often guest to Latvia. He frequently meets with politicians: comes and goes to Latvian Transport Ministry, has lunches with politicians in restaurants in Riga or meets with people in Riga or Tallinn airports.

Last July, during Saeima pre-election period, which is an especially sensitive time to meet with businessmen for politicians, because political parties are in active search of funding for their campaigns, Osinovskis met with then the Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis. The two discussed the ability of Daugavpils Locomotives Repair Plant, which is indirectly owned by Osinovskis, to handle multi-million orders from Defence Ministry, according to Diena. Now Vejonis tries his best to distance himself from Osinovskis. Using his press-service, Vejonis tried to add different conditions and topics to his answers, claiming he does not remember seeing Estonia’s wealthiest person at the table. This seems unlikely both because of Osinovskis’ status and because Diena has information that the meeting with Osinovskis was organized by Vejonis personally.

Before that, however, Osinovskis had met with Riga Mayor Nils Ushakovs in a restaurant in Riga in winter. Osinovskis also maintains close contacts with the Mayor’s advisor Teilans, who is often mentioned as the party’s funding provider, even though Teilans has no official status with Harmony.

Recently Osinovskis has met with Harmony politician Elksnins. The Saeima deputy was seen with Osinovskis in Tallinn airport. Elksnins does not deny this. He claims he met with Osinovskis because he ‘cares about the fate of Daugavpils Locomotive Repair Plant’. Closure of this enterprise would mean the loss of jobs for 800 people. With that, it is within Osinovskis’ interest to maintain good relations with Harmony, which has a strong presence in Latgale.

«I had met with him only once in Riga. It was winter or spring; I cannot remember exactly. We ran into each other in a restaurant. We talked. We don’t have any common topics to discuss. I do know his son [Yevgany Osinovskis], who is in charge of Estonia’s Social Democrats Party. It’s through his son that I know of Osinovskis,» – said Ushakov. Like others, the leader of Harmony does not comment on ever receiving any funding from Osinovskis. Ushakovs said he has «no idea if Teilans and Osinovskis have some deal doing on between them». Teilans and Zakis are the only politicians who refused to answer Diena’s questions.


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