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Strelchenok has serious concerns about Strīķe’s true identity

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUYaroslav Strelchenok, Chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, has serious concerns about Juta Strīķe’s true identity. Strelchenok admitted this in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

«More and more we face the question as to whether or not the person we oppose in court is even Juta Strīķe. […] In this situation we have decided to deepen the check of Strīķe’s identity. So far we have found that the question is whether or not the person in question is Juta or Anna,» – said Strelchenok.

According to him, Strīķe had once publicly stated that she had never had the name Anna. However, KNAB has found that Strīķe named herself Anna in multiple documents.

Strelchenok also has doubts about Strīķe’s citizenship. This is followed up with her issued permit to access official secrets. «If there are concerns about a person’s identity, if we doubt a person’s citizenship, we have to ask ourselves if this person can be allowed to work in the bureau and state administration.»

Strelchenok emphasized that the Constitution Protection Bureau has known about the aforementioned risks concerning Strīķe for years. «In spite of the fact that doubts and related information were sent to SAB, the person in question remains with access to official secrets,» – said Strelchenok.

Neatkarīgā newspaper had reported in 2011 that it had acquired certain documents ‘that detail certain secret nuisances of KNAB official Juta Strīķe’. The newspaper had sent those documents to Latvia’s security institutions.

The package addressed to the newspaper contained «detailed information on the publicly known fact that Juta Strīķe had a different name at the end of 1980s – Anna Potapova».

Deputy Chief of KNAB told journalists that the diploma received for Anna Potapova’s name at 584 Moscow Middle School in 1987 does belong to her. However, she claims she had never used the name Anna. According to Strīķe, it was the school director’s error.

According to the documents, Potapova’s return to Latvia is shrouded in mystery – the passport used by Potapova to enter Latvia and later for the issue of a Latvian state identification document, according to the source, cannot be found in any database in Latvia. This raises concerns about the authenticity of this document. Another version states that this document may have been used as cover by special services, in this case Russian, to help their representatives infiltrate the country and acquire citizenship.


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