Latviski English По-русски
Wednesday 22.05.2019 | Name days: Emīlija

KPV LV: someone is trying to ruin our party’s reputation

(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAn attempt is being made to ruin KPV LV’s reputation, said Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš at a press conference organized on Monday, 25 June, in relation to last week’s events, when Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau detained Kaimiņš, Atis Zakatistovs and businessman Viesturs Tamužs.

«All of us understand very well that none is waiting for us in the Saeima,» said Kaimiņš.

Viesturs Tamužs about his detainment: «In the morning on Wednesday, 20 June, four officers of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau knocked on my apartment’s door. Lawyers arrived shortly after. Then a search was performed in my apartment, my son’s apartment and my summer home. Then I was put in a cell».

As previously reported, CPCB detained the three aforementioned persons as part of a criminal case regarding possible illegal financing of KPV LV party. All of the accused were later released and applied with security measures.

Tamužs says there are two main things accusations against him focus on: the 2016 consultancy contract signed between Eco Baltia and Atis Zakatistovs’ owned Per capita company and an anonymous video on the internet.

‘In 2000, Eco Baltia reached out to a high-class consultant Atis Zakatistovs, PhD, and one of the most notable specialists in Latvia when it comes to lobby matters to have him assist with EU and Latvian legislation matters that affect the company’s work,’ says Tamužs.

He admits speaking with Atis Zakatistovs outside the parliament about matters of philosophy, which the businessman studies remotely in some British university. «I do very much respect Atis for his knowledge,» he said.

Tamužs adds that the contract between Eco Baltia and Per capita was signed correctly. Every month reports were compiled for matters studied by the company. Eco Baltia paid the company accordingly.

Zakatistovs also mentioned at the press-conference that he provided consultancy services to the company. He added that he is innocent in the accusations regarding possible fictive business activities at Per capita.

Tamužs’ version is that CPCB’s actions were carefully orchestrated. He says there was also dishonest denunciation, the possible author of which is chairman of Tamužs’ owned Eco Baltia – Māris Simanovičs.

He also admits meeting a lot with Atis Zakatistovs and Artuss Kaimiņš: «Yes, we have discussed politics a lot. They are sympathetic people. I enjoy talking and joking with them».

The businessman adds he would gladly share advice with them in politics, because he has experience forming new parties. However, he says he has never wanted to help out financially.

As for the anonymous video, Tamužs says: «I do not want to provide any comments on what is shown in that video». He adds that «the video is rubbish and it was compiled from different materials».

Artuss Kaimiņš notes that for the first time in the history of free Latvia authorities have detained a Saeima deputy. He says once Saeima’s permitted his detainment, CPCB should have sent him a notification to come to the bureau.

As for the detainment by CPCB, Kaimiņš says everything happened to quickly and he still has no idea why his, his grandmother’s and his mother’s apartments were searched and his office in the Saeima was not.

Leave a reply

Catalan separatist politicians take seats in Spanish parliament despite being jailed

In the Spanish parliament, five Catalan separatist politicians, who are tried for rebellion, have taken their seats in the Spanish parliament won in Spain’s general election.

Latvian railway company Pasažieru vilciens hopes to sign train supply contract this year

Latvian joint stock company Pasažieru vilciens might succeed in signing the contract for the supply of electric trains before the end of 2019 even if Procurement Monitoring Bureau expands procurement documents with new requirements, said PV board chairman Rodžers Jānis Grigulis.

«Last chance» to pass Brexit deal met with skepticism in British parliament

In the United Kingdom, the latest offer by British Prime Minister Theresa May to pass the country’s withdrawal deal with the European Union has been criticised by influential groups in the British parliament.

Latvia’s prime minister says government will not re-evaluate prosecutor general

Latvia’s government will not evaluate Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers’ suitability for his post, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds on Wednesday, 22 May.

Early voting in European Parliament election opens for Latvian residents

The beginning of early voting in European Parliament elections for all 954 election sites is set for 17:00 on Wednesday, 22 May.

Minister says results of train procurement suggest possible liquidation of Pasažieru vilciens

Results of the electric train procurement of joins stock company Pasažieru vilciens make one consider possible liquidation of the company, Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits told journalists on 21 May.

OECD: Baltic region's most rapid growth predicted for Estonia

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has published its latest outlook. In it, the organization expects Latvia to experience the slowest economic growth among Baltic States.

Latvia re-reviews train procurement and declares Škoda Vagonka the winner

After reviewing the train procurement for a third time, Latvian railway company Pasažieru vilciens declared Czech Škoda Vagonka the winner, as confirmed by the company.

Austria’s right-wing ministers resign after early election expected

With the Austrian government hit by a political crisis that is expected to result in an early election, the government Freedom Party has announced all its ministers would step down from the Cabinet.

30% of companies have yet to successfully adopt GDPR guidelines

A year after the European Union adopted the General Data Protection Regulation only 25.1% of Latvian companies can confidently confirm having adopted the regulation without problems, according to a survey by Tildes Jumis.

Russia’s request on Ukraine’s language law rejected by UN council

At the UN Security Council, a request by Russia to hold a meeting over a law passed by Ukraine limiting the role of the Russian language in the war-torn country has been rejected over alleged attempts to overshadow the inauguration of Ukraine’s new President.

Latvian government to tackle teacher shortage problem

It is possible that a new approach for attracting teachers to schools may be implemented in Latvia next year. This approach provides that a person with higher education who wants to become a teacher will require a year to acquire pedagogical qualification.

Huawei: Users after Android ban to keep getting security updates

Chinese electronics and telecommunications heavyweight Huawei has given its first response to the suspension of its Android operating system by promising that its smartphone and tablet users would continue to receive security updates.

Administration of a school in Jurmala suspected of defrauding EUR 100 000

Latvian State Police has detained administration of some school in Jurmala over suspicions of fictive employment. Defrauded amount may reach approximately EUR 100 000, as confirmed by State Police.

Raising minimal income level in Latvia would require EUR 28 million

Latvia’s Welfare Ministry has developed a Plan to improve minimal income support system in 2020-2021. In it, the ministry details that the plan’s implementation requires approximately EUR 28 million, as informed by the ministry’s social inclusivity department’s director Elīna Celmiņa.

Estonia investigates electricity blackout in Russian border city

In Estonia, an investigation has been opened into a power blackout that took place in the north-eastern border city of Narva and other places in the region.

Latvia’s Saeima to pick a new state president after EP elections

Saeima’s Praesidium and Faction Council decided on 20 May to keep the State President’s Election Day unchanged – it will happen 29 May.

Study: packaging convenience still trumps environment friendliness

For Latvian residents convenience of packages remains the most important factor. However, environment friendliness is gradually becoming more and more important for people, according to results of a study by Immer Group.

Harmony reportedly used RTDB to hire foreign political communication specialists

Latvian investigators have acquired documents that reveal how prior to 13th Saeima elections Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTDB), which receives funding from Riga’s budget, had performed at least ten money transfers to several political communication experts from Germany, Sweden and Spain, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

Ukraine’s Zelensky starts presidency with dissolution of parliament

Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky has been sworn in Kyiv on Monday and in his inaugural speech has announced the dissolution of the Ukrainian parliament.

Austria heading to snap election after right-wing coalition collapses

Austrian political leaders are favouring calling a snap election after the government coalition in Vienna collapsed over alleged influence peddling by Vice-Chancellor.

Egypt bomb attack hits tourist bus

17 tourists in Egypt have been wounded in a bomb explosion near the landmark Giza pyramids.

Latvian Railways reportedly wastes money with self-promotion in sports; UGF might be involved

Last year and at the beginning of this year, Latvian Railways spent at least two million euros on self-promotion. A considerable portion of this money was provided to sports organizations, of which multiple have ties with the Union of Greens and Farmers, as reported by public broadcaster Latvian Television programme De Facto.

In spite of heavy rains, air temperature in Latvia will reach +29° C this week

The sky will be cloudy at the beginning of this week in Latvia. Nevertheless, it will clear from time to time. As the sky clears, daytime air temperature will reach +24° C… +29° C, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania: PM clears no-confidence vote, top Court slaps LFGU, councillor fined for slander

Last week, Lithuania suffered upset in 2019 Eurovision Song Contest; PM Saulius Skvernelis survived a vote of no-confidence by the ruling LFGU; the Constitutional Court ruled that the Seimas breached law in dealing with public broadcaster LRT.