bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Ceturtdiena 15.11.2018 | Name days: Undīne, Leopolds, Unda

Janis Jurkans: Latvia - country occupied by ruling power

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

Janis Jurkans

BNN rounds up publishing the interview with Janis Jurkans, who ran the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when Latvia’s independence was restored. In the first part of the interview, Jurkans spoke about his work in Antonov’s team and presented his opinion on why Krajbanka collapsed. The second part of the interview dealt with business interrelation with politics and a referendum on Russian as an official language. Today the founder of People’s Harmony Party reflects on the harmony between communities and the pride.

Russians might accuse each other of laziness

What is your opinion of Russian as an official language in Latvia?

Less signatures than Urbanovih, Ushakov and Linderman hope will be collected. And what if they indeed succeed to gather the necessary number of signatures? What will that give apart from splitting up the society? Nothing!

The issue was topical only at the political level before, is it now going to be a domestic issue as well?

I would rather say that the issue is 10% at the domestic level and 90% at the political level. The share will not, of course, change in the direction of agreement between Latvians and Russians. But it will not be catastrophic either. On the one hand, most of people are concerned with how to live and survive. On the other hand, Latvians and Russians lack forces that would undertake organizing long-term political campaigns.

Is the system of the bicommunal state that boosts distrust between the communities?

Politically – of course. The media will simply not stop reporting on that. If an insufficient number of signatures is collected, no one will reproach it to Latvians. But some Russians will indeed accuse others of laziness, say, we ran the risk but you did not even bother to go and sign. Linderman will tell that his language skills are good and that it was not him that needed it, say, I did it for you, guys.

What will Ushakov say?

Ushakov will hope that regardless the referendum is or is not hold in the eve of the municipal elections, the Russian speaking inhabitants will any way vote for “their” people.

The proud left, the humiliated stayed

What will leave a bigger impact on the state of the society – Antonov and Krajbanka or “awakening” of the Russian national pride?

What pride are we talking about? I think that neither Latvians, nor Russians have any. All the proud people left already a long time ago. Only the humiliated ones stayed. They know little about pride. I am not accusing anyone. I am talking about people in general – about people who have forgotten what it means to be proud about one’s country, nationality and school. I don’t see any pride in them, because the government keeps humiliating and insulting them.

How is the government insulting them?

Take the standard of living as an example. People are treated as some kind of an occupied tribe. Everything is second-rate here in Latvia, including medicine and education. All kinds of mere rhetoricians rule and a chauffeur’s son (BNN: former Transport Minister Ainars Slesers presented such a “gift” to his driver’s son) and some Sprudzs are appointed to a high post. And we also have Zatlers who is behaving like a clown! Where can pride possibly come from under such circumstances? If there was any, there would be campaigns and protests. Why aren’t non-governmental organizations holding campaigns? Where are trade unions? There is nothing. Therefore, the state is humiliating people in all the forms it pleases.

Then, in accordance with the definition of the first among equals, would you agree that Ushakov is the first among the humiliated Russians and Dzintars – the first among the humiliated Latvians?

Ushakov does not see it like that. Neither does Dzintars. They feel like captains of some teams that have their fans. Even if my team loses – I am the captain and I am still popular. And looking for the Christmas tree does boost his popularity. So do candlelight processions. But still it will all be forgotten one day.

Can we formulate all what you have been saying in one sentence? Latvia – the country of humiliated fans?

I would like to repeat that no one can be humiliated without his own consent. The state’s attitude reaches everyone without an exception, however, some people might have learnt to ignore all that. I don’t doubt that such people do not even notice it. They keep their money in cash and could not care less for Krajbanka.

Let’s specify the wording: Latvia – a country of humiliated fans and those who ignore the state?

You see, I myself once tried not to bother. I thought I would quit politics and ignore all of it. It does not work that way. The state has so many instruments to trace you. When pensions are turned into poverty benefits, won’t that be the last straw? It will! The ruling power has occupied us like some kind of a tribe.

Conclusions – Latvia – a country occupied by the ruling power?

Yes!

And those in the opposition turn out to be guerrillas?

No. The current opposition is quite conventional. It is just like an accessory, something like the field gendarmerie battalion. No decent opposition would have ever settled with what the power has done with the state.

Ref: 101.105.105.400


Leave a reply

AS PKL Flote enforces EUR 1.35 million from Riga Freeport authority in court

The Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court has ruled that the verdict of Riga Regional Court – one that penalized Riga Freeport authority for breach of Competition Law against PKL Flote – was correct. Now Riga Freeport has ten days, starting with 13 November, to pay the company EUR 1.35 million to cover damages caused by this violation, BNN was told by PKL Flote board chairman Sergejs Odincovs.

British government loses two more members; EU sets date for Brexit summit

In the UK government, Brexit minister Dominic Raab and Northern Ireland's junior minister have resigned in disagreement with the country's draft withdrawal agreement with the EU, already passed by the government.

Saeima deputy: data protection regulation will not protect «KGB associates»

Documents detailing KGB workers’ names, nationality, work place, participation in the Communist party are not covered by the Personal Data Protection Regulation, stresses Saeima deputy Ritvars Jansons from the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’.

EP: Moldova and Georgia should continue initiated reforms

Members of the European Parliament welcome the reforms Georgia has commenced. At the same time, Moldova was criticized for its worsened state of democracy and rule of law, as reported by EP press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.

Germany economy shrinks for first time in three years

Germany economy has contracted by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2018, a first such result in the largest economy of the European Union in over three years.

Latvian president gives parties holiday break to continue talks

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis calls off nomination of NCP candidate Jānis Bordāns to for government. Talks regarding the next prime minister candidate will continue after the state holiday.

Ireland satisfied with Brexit draft deal in every priority

The government of Ireland has stated that draft withdrawal agreement between Irish neighbour, the UK, and the European Union, Dublin had achieved a satisfying result in all its priorities, also regarding the border on the island of Ireland.

Bordāns: NCP will not support Pabriks’ government because KPV LV will not support it either

If the President of Latvia decides to nominate Attīstībai/Par! member Artis Pabriks, KPV LV will not work in this government. New Conservative Party would take the same position, according to what politicians told Tieša runa programme of LTV.

British government supports draft Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May received the support of her government on the draft Brexit agreement the UK has reached with the European Union, which would see the UK remain in the EU customs union until the end of 2020.

Progressive: government formation talks – old schemes and disrespect towards voters

Political party Progressive is sad to see government formation talks fall apart. According to the party, the arguments used by other political forces to explain the reasons are misleading for society.

Jurmala City Council deputy asks State Audit to check six sport event procurements

Jurmala City Council Rolands Parasigs-Parasiņš from the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ has asked the State Audit to evaluate several of the municipality’s procurements associated with the organization of sports events in Jurmala.

Warsaw: Kremlin's «imperial policy» endangers Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine

The Speaker of the upper house of the Polish parliament, has stated that Russia's «imperial policy» endangers Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

KPV LV leader: after recent developments, all parties should get therapy

After events that took place Wednesday, 14 November, all political parties should get therapy, says KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems.

Number of guests hosted in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments up 6.5%

1.03 million visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q3 2018, which is 6.5 % more than in Q3 2017. Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 5.3 %, reaching 1.95 million.

Road traffic to be restricted for the duration of Staro Riga light festival

Road traffic on streets of Riga will be restricted from 20:00 p.m. 14 November until 09:00 a.m. 20 November. Restrictions will apply to Zirgu Street, from Meistaru Street to Dome Square. Two-way road traffic will be organized at Dome Square, as reported by Riga City Council.

Cease-fire holding between Palestine-Israel after worst fighting since 2014

In the turbulent Middle East, after the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence since the 2014 war a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions was in force in Gaza on Wednesday.

EP’s approved EUR 17.7 million to be invested in melioration infrastructure restoration

Allocation of support finances of EUR 17.7 million has been approved by the European Parliament for Latvia to cover losses from floods of summer and autumn 2017. This funding will be used to restore important infrastructure, such as water redirection system and damaged culverts, Agriculture Ministry reports.

Three parties exit talks with NCP; Bordāns’ chances of becoming prime minister plummet

According to the latest information, three political parties – Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ and New Unity – have decided to exit government formation talks headed by the New Conservative Party.

G20 industrial countries guided by fossil fuel industry, not science

Action against climate change is not meeting government commitments in 19 out of the 20 world’s 20 largest, as researchers found governments were paying more attention to the fossil fuel industry than to scientific advice.

Latvian prime minister candidate still believes it is possible to agree on government work plan

In spite of certain parties’ rejection of New Conservative Party’s proposed action plan for the new government, prime minister candidate Jānis Bordāns still sees some cooperation potential for political parties, adding that the plan can be corrected.

EP's conservatives-reformists select Zahradil as their leader for election

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group of the European Parliament has chosen Czech MEP Jan Zahradil as its leader for the spring election and for the post of the head of the European Commission.

Government starts discussing Latvia’s readiness for Brexit, worst scenario included

Latvian ministries’ readiness for the moment when Britain exits the EU differ, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told journalists after a government meeting on Tuesday, 13 November.

UK and EU reach draft deal, but ruling Conservatives split about its success

The UK and the European Union have reached a draft agreement on Brexit, but a national battle begins for British Prime Minister Theresa May to win the support of her government and the British parliament to get it approved.

NCP’s proposed pension and benefit changes will cost state budget several hundred million euros

New Conservative Party’s proposals on changes for pensions and benefits will cost the next Latvian government several hundred million euros, according to estimates from ministries.

Pro-Kremlin activist accused of incitement of hate and child pornography

Latvian prosecutor’s office has raised charges against pro-Kremlin activist Jurijs Aleksejevs for incitement of national hate, illegal arms and munitions storage and child pornography.

Most read

Most commented