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Zhdanok suspected of bribing Russian activists

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUShortly before the European Parliament elections, security cameras of the Saeima had captured an event that raised suspicion regarding a possible bribery of party supporters.

The main person in question in the leader of the Latvian Russians Union and newly-elected MEP candidate Tatyana Zhdanok, who was spotted handing a large sum of money to one of Russian organizations’ activists.

On May 15th, shortly before the European Parliament elections, there was a demonstration organized by Tatyana Zhdanok’s former For Human Rights in United Latvia (now known as Latvian Russians Union). Persons who are carefully watched by the Security Police are also reported to have taken part in this demonstration. Zhdanok was in the very heart it all. Laimdota Straujuma’s government was heavily criticized during this event. There were also complaints voiced about the hardships of Russian residents of Latvia.

Attention was provided to the demonstration in front of the Saeima building. However, what took place nearby – near the Saeima factions and committees building – received much less attention. There Tatyana Zhdanok had allegedly paid a large sum of money to one of the organizers of the demonstration, as Nekā personīga programme was told by a witness.

‘I was walking by that place on my way to my faction. Then I suddenly noticed Mrs Zhdanok giving money to one of her associates near the Saeima,’ – said Saeima deputy assistant Edmunds Jurēvics.

This incident took place a few steps away from the Saeima security post. As it turned out later, one of the Saeima security cameras had recorded the meeting.

Jurēvics is certain the money was payment for the people’s participation in the demonstration.

‘The moment I saw her doing that, I lost it. I did, unfortunately, raise my voice on her. It is only because this whole thing seemed absurd! And seeing participants being paid was simply shocking! I told her to leave immediately and that she should take her bribes somewhere else. I saw the package that was handed over, and it did not seem like it was holding small change. It was clear the money was euro. It was also clear that the amount was quite large,’ – said Jurēvics.

Journalists then decided to ask the two involved officials what the money was intended for. Replies of the two were the same. However, it was later uncovered that the two were aware of the journalists’ interest. It was apparently payment of a debt for a purchase Zhdanok wanted to make in Switzerland, during a conference.

‘Tatyana Favorska is a good friend of mine. She brought me the Swiss wristwatch I asked her. When we were in Switzerland together, the shop was closed. I decided to ask her to buy them for me,’ – said Zhdanok.

There is also a major difference in the amount of money that was handed down – Zhdanok and Favorska both claim the amount was EUR 300. The witness, on the other hand, claims the package was much bigger than that. The management of the Saeima and Interior Minister say the video recording will be inspected further.

‘I am aware of the existence of this recording. I believe Security Police and other security services should evaluate this and decided how this act should be classified. Let law enforcement authorities make the decision,’ – says Saeima Chairwoman Solvita Āboltiņa.


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