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Otto Ozols: one of Latvia’s presidents was bought like pig at a market

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«The saddest fact is that people with flat and shallow thinking have such enormous influence in Latvia,» Latvian publicist Otto Ozols comments on the situation about Ir magazine’s recent publication of secret talks that took place in Ridzene Hotel.

According to him, one of the most important matters that affect this situation is why do the country’s political and spiritual leaders stay quiet? «Do they really have nothing to say? Are there any of them left in Latvia? Has the political elite become completely morally bankrupt? Empty and shallow phrases in one corner, and entrepreneurial intentions in the other. The leaked conversation is not just empty comments made by some smalltime fish. It was a conversation held by influential politicians about the state of the country that was founded by true and honest patriots in 1918. It is a country for the freedom and independence of which we stood in the Baltic Way and barricades. Has it truly become…. A place where important decisions are made in a place like that,» said Ozols.

He told Delfi.lv that after the magazine’s published conversations, it is possible to discuss the editorial form and chosen fragments. One thing remains certain – information is solid. «I think people who say society is rather shocked are correct. But that’s just half of the problem. What’s worse is that this ruins belief in the country, its political system, values and principles. The effect all of us are starting to feel could turn out tragic. The hole of cynicism and nihilism seems boundless. The feeling of hopelessness is only increased by the fact that the ‘main characters’ of those conversations are very influential individuals.»

According to Ozols, the situation also casts a shadow over Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, who is a former member of the Union of Greens and Farmers and the People’s Party. «Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis entered the Saeima in 2020, after Andris Skele left. Society has every right to expect them to provide explanations and their motivations for saying what they said,» Ozols told the portal.

According to him, the ‘spicy’ details of those conversations may not be the most shocking aspect of this situation. The saddest thing is that people with flat and shallow thinking have such enormous influence in Latvia. «It is worth keeping in mind that Ainars Slesers, People’s Party and UGF were in charge when the country was pushed into the deepest hole since the fat years. It is unknown if that was their intention. Perhaps they just failed to understand the core of the problems before them and possible consequences. No matter the brainstorms they may have had in similar ‘forums’ in the past, consequences were always the same – tragic.»

Ozols also says problems remain critically deep – problems associated with demography, economics, grey economy, taxes, healthcare and the future existence of the country. ‘And I think we can all agree – the same people remain in power to this day.’

«One of Latvia’s presidents was bought like a pig at a market, and the money was provided by Andris and Aivars. Another, disobedient president was sent in the same direction homeless people send each other. Even the prosecutor general was ‘taught a lesson’ as a warning to others. Do our state leaders truly have nothing to say about all this? Should we just grin and bear it? Do we really live in the same country we defended in the Baltic Way and the barricades?» Ozols asked.

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