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Voika: Lembergs - under «Soros paranoia»

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Anti-corruption organization Delna Chairwoman Inese Voika

«Lembergs does not trust in free will and work to promote openness. He seems to be a little scared, as he thinks Soros has taken over everything, including the British court,» says Inese Voika, when commenting to the news portal BNN on the prime minister candidate Aivars Lembergs’ statement that the Latvian anti-corruption body Delna’s top of politicians has been commissioned by George Soros.

Lembergs told radio Baltkom the anti-top of politicians, with him in the lead, is not objective. He claims many members of the watchdog organization come from the politic parties Unity and Zatlers Reform Party, therefore the top is reflecting nothing more but pre-election agitation.

While Voika urges voters to get acquainted with materials concerning reputation of future parliamentarians. She adds that the top also includes two prime minister candidates, because parties they represent are greatly based exactly on their ideas.

She points out the rating has been created with the help of publicly available materials and data from various legal proceedings.

«Neither opinions, nor any surveys have been considered,» she says, adding, «The aim of the rating is to remind Latvians about politicians’ good and not so good works.»

Voika explains that the portal where the top is published is constantly updated, however, currently Lembergs is mentioned the most, because no other politician has been suspected of such severe crimes.

In terms of Soros Fund, the head of Delna believes there are people called «soros-logists» in Latvia and Lembers is one of them. According to her, this group of peope is scrutinizing all the fund’s activities, not paying attention to the fact that it is supporting also honest organizations, education and women rights.

According to Voika, the Soros Fund really has directed some funds to Delna, but it did not influence the contents of it in any way.

She believes Lembergs is under «Soros paranoia», as he thinks Soros has taken over everything, including the British court.

«If you take a careful look, our portal is not all black or white. It urges people to assess the work of politicians, ask questions and get answers,» Voika says, adding that the Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has confessed that back in the 90s he bribed a police officer with 5 lats. «But does that really disqualify him as a prime minister?» she asks rhetorically, stressing that it is exactly important content that counts.

Lembergs in turn gives an example of Lolita Chigane, former head of Delna and politician, being involved in smuggling, however, according to him, she got away with just an administrative punishment although criminal action should have been brought.

Chigane calls the statement that George Soros’ funds lie behind Delna mere rumour.

«All I can say is that it is a pity Mr Lembergs does not have anything else to say but to speak of me all the time. How sad that a politician does not have anything else to do at times when the state is having so many issues,» says Lolita Chigane.

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  1. Christopher says:

    Sometimes it seems that the whole Latvia is obsessed with Soros mania…

  2. Aloiz says:

    As far as I have heard from the mass media, this is not the only paranoia this person has. Should he be hospitalized?

  3. tina says:

    poor businessmen, in such attention all the time

  4. Ivars says:

    I know this man personally, he is not that bad. he is just supporting his own city and his own people, is that bad?

  5. says:

    one would always find sth bad in rich peoeple suupporting things. but when a poor man would do that, it would be called no suspicious thing at all.

  6. Catewalk says:

    «All I can say is that it is a pity Mr Lembergs does not have anything else to say but to speak of me all the time. How sad that a politician does not have anything else to do at times when the state is having so many issues,» –> Lembergs really does find time also to other matters rather than doing what he has to do.

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