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Riga Free port Chairman to have a 48 075 bonus

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Leonid Loginov

Chairman of Riga Free port (RFP) Leonid Loginov and his Deputy Aigars Pecaks have generous bonuses worth tens of thousands approved in the port’s budget.

The Board of RFP has approved the size of Loginov’s bonus for results of the port’s activities – 48 075 LVL. Loginov’s monthly salary is 3 500 LVL, plus a monthly bonus of 50% of his regular salary – a total of 21 000 LVL this year. All together, including taxes, it seems that keeping Leonid Loginov will cost the port 149 144 LVL this year, according to documents obtained by De facto programme of LTV.

The same bonuses are also planned for Loginov’s Deputy – Aigars Pecaks. He will cost the port 116 834 LVL this year, according to the port’s budget.

When asked whether the bonuses will be paid after the recent inspection at the port and the discovered violations there, members of the Board claim the decision is not yet made. However, according to information from the programme, bonuses will be paid either way. This is dictated by the employment contract.

“The manager’s salary was approved on the Board meeting of March 10, 1998. An employment contract was signed after that, but I am unable to say anything in this regard. I only know that the manager’s salary has not changed since 2001,” – says the free port’s social relations director Anita Leiskalne.

Other port administration employees also receive bonuses. The State Audit (SA) has also noted that the bonus system lacks specific criteria. The service has also noted that the Board of the port, despite the requirement of the law, does not publish exact amounts of salaries on its official website. It is likely that the bonus system is not an instrument to motivate workers to to the best job they can do, but is merely an excuse to pay larger salaries.

Leiskalne does not hide that this bonus system exists and admits that there has not been a single month of her not receiving her bonus. When asked what the size of the bonus depends, Leiskalne said “on my immediate superior”.

Andris Ameriks is in the Board of RFP as well. He promises to review the issue with Loginov’s bonus. However, as far as he [Ameriks] knows – so long as the prosecutor’s office confirms no violations, only the port’s work results are to be taken into account. “It depends on the results. If the port’s results are negative, there are no bonuses. Last year’s increase was quite notable. We are very proud of it,” – Ameriks said.

Meanwhile, Economy Minister’s representative Dzineta Innusa admits that she “would not take it upon herself to evaluate this issue until the issue has been discussed on a Board meeting. There have been no discussions about bonuses. This issue should be reviewed in regard to context of different factors”.

Transport Minister’s representative also admits that the responsibility of others working at the port’s administration should be evaluated as well, because the recently uncovered violations are not the kind that can be ignored.

In regard to the the facts uncovered by SA’s inspection, the service applies the terms – wasted, illegally and inappropriately spent funds; workers acting recklessly with the port’s funds; the port administration failing to secure equal, legal and transparent attitude toward all port active entrepreneurs. Whether or not there were criminal violations – the prosecutor’s office is to decide on that.

The port’s manager complains about the discoveries of the inspection, saying that “people are born to live, not foolishly act throughout their lives on the same level without achieving anything.”

Loginov has been in charge of the of RFP for 15 years. He managed to outlive every party that has ever been in charge of Riga City Council, which is why remains on his post to this day. He once said that this could be due to the fact that he can openly tell Presidents, Prime Ministers, and the Board of the port that “they are either fools or are poorly developed”.


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