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SKDS study: police work is valued the most by Russian speakers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussian-speaking residents (34%) in Latvia value police worm more than Latvian-speaking residents (28%). But the majority of Latvian residents (38%) believe raiderism is widespread in the country. 27% of Russian-speakers also believe this, according to results of a study by SKDS.

«Looking at the opinion of society – raiderism is an acute problem in the country. Considering the specifics of this problem, the information space plays an important role in the formation of the public opinion,» – said SKDS Director Arnis Kaktins at a contest of student research work on uncovering raiderism.

Results of the study also show that there is a big difference in opinions on raiderism among regions. Residents in Latgale greatly value the work done by prosecutors and courts. On average, 25% of Latgale’s residents view the work of prosecutors and mostly good (22% in other region).

State Police Chief Ints Kuzis explains that: «The difference among regions is largely tied to economic activities in those regions. Compared with other regions, Latgale has less large and economically active companies. This makes them less attractive to raiders».

Armands Smans, who researched the criminal process regarding ownership over Royal Square Hotel & Suites triumphed in the finals of the ‘Raiders are coming!’ contest. In his work, Smans analysed the Gulami hotel case and concluded that, according to G.M.G. (Gulam Mohammad Gulami) version, E.J. (Elijors Junusovs) and multiple other individuals are trying to take over his hotel. According to the author, the prosecution’s request to allow E.J. to take over Royal Square Hotel & Suites is not to be considered legally correct because E.J. has never been the owner of the aforementioned hotel.

Julija Pouha earned second prize in the contest. Her work is focused on proper education of officials as one of the ways of reducing the spread of raiderism in the country. She concluded in the work that raiders not only take over property owned by others, which is basically theft, but also thereby reduce the quality of welfare and increase corruption, grey economy, organized crime and other negative factors that significantly impact the country’s development.

Third place was won by Ieva Kozlovska. In her work, Kozlovska emphasized the role of the media when reporting acts of raiderism. She analysed the way raiderism cases like NP Foods and Winergy were reported by the media. Attention was also provided to Norvik Banka and its involvement in public debates of one of the last cases.

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