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Kalnmeiers-Antonov: Prosecutor General meets with potential assassination victim

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Alexander Antonov, the father of the now ex-owner of the so far ex-Krajbanka Vladimir Antonov, without any publicity visited Riga on the 25th of January. After declaring the bank’s bankruptcy Latvian government turned to Great Britain with a request to transfer Vladimir Antonov who was there at the time, but received a decline.

The official reason for senior-Antonov‘s visit to the capital of Latvia – is the Prosecutor General’s review of Antonovs plea telling about the threat from a Latvian resident Arbi Indorbaev’s to murder Antonov. The incident that took place in the VIP lounge of the Riga International Airport on the 14th of December 2011 was widely discussed by Latvian media. The so far the non-disproved information that Mr. Indorbaev is a behind-the-scenes officer of one of Latvian secret services and that he supplies this service with information from close entourage of Ramzan Kadirov, the President of Chechnya a subject of the Russian Federation has received a significant public and media resonance.

An unexpected jolt to these rumors was given by Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers who stated on one of the Latvian Television channels, that if someone said something to someone else, it does not mean necessarily mean that criminal responsibility will follow. Latvian press noted that an ex-police officer, who threatened to kill a businessman, was sentenced to five years of imprisonment in an analogous situation.

BNN believes that the unexpected arrival of A. Antonot to Latvia as evidence enough that Prosecutor General Kalnmeiers changed his mind about the case. According to our source in the prosecutor’s office, the guest from Moscow had a confidential conversation with Mr. Kalnmeiers which lasted several hours, with Mr. Antonov being nearly being late for his flight to Moscow in the end. They talked not only about the threats from Arbi Indorbaev, that the second attempt on A.Antonov’s life will end with the death of the latter, but also about the situation around the AirBaltic national airline and Baltijas aviacijas sistemas. According to unofficial reports, Mr. Antonov promised to offer real support in stabilizing both companies.

It can be assumed that A. Antonov’s plans also include the intentions to perform efforts to sanitize Krajbanka as part of one of the projects, in the mind of the bank’s liquidator. According to unofficial reports, senior-Antonov does not intend to become a shareholder of a resurrected bank, but he does note that more than 100 million LVL, owned by Krajbanka, are currently located on accounts in different European banks and it is realistic to get them back to Latvia. BNN believe that this kind of motivation of Mr. Antonov is not linked to his priority to return to banking, but the preservation of his and his son’s business reputation.

Aside from the Prosecutor General Kalnmeiers, A. Antonov meet with a number of other influential people, the names of whom BNN promised to our sources not to reveal. In time this information will be made public.

The most intriguing fact of the incident in the VIP lounge of the Riga International Airport, reported by a person close to A.Antonov, is that, allegedly, Mr.Indorbaev finally withdrew, after taking seriously the promise to be lashed in public with a belt, voiced by one of A.Antonov’s pertners.



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