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For Latvia’s Development party receives donations from winners of LDz projects

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis March, the party founded by Einārs Repše and Edgars Jaunups received two large donations worth EUR 17,000 from businessmen who benefited greatly from political influence of the ‘Olsteins’ six’ group on Transport Ministry, which granted them significant construction contracts in LDz infrastructure projects.

On March 6th, For Latvia’s Development received EUR 10,000 from Olga Litvinova. On March 19th, the party received an additional amount of EUR 7,000 from Lidija Siplivaja. Neither one nor the other is well-known public figures. However, according to Lursoft data, these two are co-owners of SIA Dzelzceļu būve, which is also owned by Guntis Rāvis and Māris Martinsons. This company is responsible for the reconstruction of Koknese and Krustpils railway stations and repairs of railway tracks along the route to Krustpils. This company, founded three years ago, had a turnover of EUR 1,569,874. No data is available for 2013 at the moment, Pietiek reports.

Half of SIA Dzelzceļu būve shares belong to DB projekts. Siplivaja and Litvinova are co-owners of this company. Siplivaja owns 50%, Litvinova owns 17% and her husband and son own the remaining 33%. The second half of SIA Dzelzceļu būve shares are indirectly owned by the head of Skonto buve Guntis Ravis and Maris Martinsons through GRIF 29 company. Ravis’ and Martinsons’ owned companies have served as sponsors of Jaunups’ managed VEF Riga basketball club during Jaunups’ time as the head of New Era’s and Unity’s finances.

In 2012, SIA Dzelzceļu būve launched two major construction projects related to the reconstruction of Koknese and Krustpils railway stations and the repairs of railway tracks along Aizkraukle-Koknese and Plavini-Krustpils routes, as mentioned in the annual account for 2012. According to the contracts, these projects were scheduled to be concluded in 2013.

The hand of Jaunups and sponsors of the new party was also seen behind the abandonment of Reform Party by the ‘Olsteins’ six’ group. Deputies who are part of Olsteins’ group tied their political future with Repše’s new party. It should be added that the ratings of this new political organization are not good enough to pass the election criterion to be able to enter the Saeima.

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