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Pulks: Riga municipality’s social network accounts are financed by residents; KNAB investigates

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Social network accounts of Riga municipality were created using money of Riga residents. They cannot be illegally privatized to then be used to accomplish political goals,» says Riga City Council’s Unity faction deputy chairman Olafs Pulks.

«This distorted logic can be used to privatize one of the city council’s cars or computers, and then pay for their maintenance from the person’s own pocket,» Pulks continues.

Following an application from Pulks, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced an investigation in relation to a possible misuse of administrative resources at Riga City Council.

Pulks submitted a request to KNAB, asking the institution to perform an investigation as to whether or not Mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs and Harmony are using the municipality’s resources to promote Usakovs’ private Facebook page.

De Facto has found out that administrative resources are being used to promote Harmony and Usakovs on social media, says Unity’s representative.

Pulks believes that by taking over Riga’s social network account administration in his own hands and financing it from his personal wallet, Nils Usakovs is abusing the city council’s administrative resource to promote his own image for the upcoming municipal elections.

Riga City Council allocated nearly EUR 700,000 in the 2016 municipal budget to finance communication with residents through internet portals and social networks, Pulks added previously.

The State Language Centre has even fined Nils Usakovs for using foreign language to communicate with residents on social networks. Nils Usakovs has recently announced that from now on he and his colleagues will maintain Russian and English Facebook pages of Riga City Council from his own wallet.

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