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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Security Police has begun inspecting a recording in which it is heard that former head of Probation Service Aleksandr Dementjev predicts a soon occupation for Latvia. Ogre City Council, where Dementjev is currently employed, plans to end job relations with him.

«In a year or so we will all be under Russia. Mark my words,» – said the Latvian official. He was a candidate from the Latvian Regional Alliance in the last Saeima elections. Aleksandr Dementjev is an experienced official. He was the head of the State Probation service for ten years. Before that, he worked in a high post of the Naturalisation Office. With that, it is very surprising that Dementjev mentioned Latvia’s allegedly unavoidable occupation during official, court-sanctioned talks, as reported by Nekā personīga programme of TV3.

After his departure from the State Probation service, Dementjev turned to public activity – became the head of School Directors Trade Union. He also participated in elections; as a member of the Union of Greens and Farmers in 2013 and as a member of Latvian Regional Alliance in 2014. Failed both times.

In 2015, Dementjev took part in a personnel selection process in Ogre City Council. The municipality did not accept him.

Dementjev is a determined hunter. He was a member of Zaube hunters club for a couple of years. Lately the club has been having some conflicts with another hunters’ club – Pērkons. It seems the two clubs cannot agree on hunting territories. Police has intervened on multiple occasions; there have also been court processes on this topic. Cesis Court had invited both sides to begin mediation talks last September. Talks took place on 18 September. Pērkons was represented by Kaspars Bokta and Zaube – by Aleksandr Dementjev.

In total, mediation talks took more than three hours. The sides conflicted and used strong arguments against each other. Suddenly, Dementjev voiced a prediction that the conflict between hunters has no meaning because, allegedly, Russia’s army will be in charge in Latvia in a year or so.

Dementjev’s comment was not taken seriously, and sides continued to talk about game. However, at the end of mediation talks, Dementjev voiced his geopolitical vision again: «Go on, take while there is something to take. There won’t be anything left soon. […] In a year or so…I’m waiting for that. At least I’ll get somewhere,» – he mentioned.

Kaspars Bokta concluded from that conversation that Dementjev believes himself to be the next puppet ruler for Russia in occupied Latvia.

«He had specifically mentioned the part about Latvia’s occupation by Russia to emphasize the bright future he has and that the post Russia is prepared to give him would provide him with authority to resolve our problem personally,» – said Bokta.

«I am not making it seem as though I am not aware of this situation. I have never spoken those words, and if someone had made an illegal recording of this kind to compromise me, this matter will be viewed at Cesis Court next week,» – Dementjev told the programme.

Hunters believe Dementjev’s comments were unambiguous. The Non-Government Organizations and State Administration Council discussed it this week. Latvian Lawyers Association turned the attention of other NGOs and the government that an official of a Latvian municipality predicted Latvia’s occupation.

«Facts presented to our members this time were detailed in a letter sent to the council. We are concerned about the way freedom of association has been breached in hunting groups. We are also deeply concerned about the anti-constitutional statement voiced by a member of one of the hunting groups. This statement suggested a change in state power in Latvia, and after the change in power someone would use newfound authority to get back at other people. This recording has been submitted to Security Police. They will decide if there is reason for concern behind the official’s words,» – comments board member of Latvian Lawyers Association Rihards Bunka.

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