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Opinion: Lembergs' pocket party prevents Latvia from breaking free of corruption

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Aivars Lembergs

«As a deputy of Ventspils City Council it is clear to me – the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) is the political power that fully submits to Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of committing serious crimes, and pushes Latvia the hardest towards oblivion. It is because of operations of parties like ZZS that our country is unable to escape from the mire of corruption. On top of that, one of the most notable representatives of this party is its ‘godfather’ Lembergs,» Ventspils opposition deputy Aivis Landmanis explained his personal opinion in a conversation with BNN.

ZZS «spokespersons»

Estimates from RAND Europe show – corruption causes Latvia to lose three to five billion euros or 15-19% of GDP every year.

«Politicians are the ones who are responsible for their inability to deal with this problem. Resolving it would help find money for medicine, education and other problems that have been swept under the rug until now, as well as consequences from corruption – expansion of the grey economy, increase of social inequality, and the slowing of development of the democracy,» says Landmanis.

According to the deputy, the new government and Latvia’s new President Egils Levits walk the path of corruption enforcement as never before. «Of course, there is also the growing opposition from those who support corruption.»

«ZZS spokespersons are one of the most passionate critics of the ruling coalition. Society is told – ZZS are the true protectors of doctors, teachers and all of society, the true owners of our land, and the ones who provide fair and honest governance over the country. All other parties are liars, all except ZZS, which, of course, is not in any way responsible for the country’s current state.»

Landmanis notes: «Knowing how passionately ZZS protects its godfather, who is accused of state capture, that the godfather is presented with rubbish worth tens of millions, that the godfather manages entire with state sectors and industries – this hypocrisy is just short of unsettling.»

«Lembergs’ and his emissaries’ illegal operations in law enforcement institutions is left without attention»

Problems in the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB), Office of the Prosecutor General, Court Justice System are not accidental – they come from actions committed by ZZS, says Ventspils City Council opposition deputy.

«Publicly it has been mentioned that candidates for leading posts in law enforcement institutions had been coordinated in advance with the accused Lembergs. Such actions have results and actions committed by Lembergs and his emissaries are left unattended by law enforcement institutions. At the same time, however, smaller crimes and violations are investigated and prosecuted all the same. Latvia’s law enforcement institutions are capable of hounding one person for stealing sweets and other small and insignificant items for over twenty years, yet they demonstrate their entire helplessness when it’s about illegalities committed by Lembergs to this day.»

According to Landmanis, it is the inability of law enforcement institutions that guarantees Lembergs is untouchable and provides him with eternal power over Ventspils, which in turn allows him to control all processes in Latvia. «It is thanks to law enforcement institutions’ inability democratic and fair elections in Ventpils have not been possible for the entirety of the existence of restored Republic of Latvia.»

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  1. Mmmm says:

    Maybe ask another European country’s fraud office to come in and review the investigation, appoint a special prosecutor and then actively try any crimes rather than hoping that ill health and time will solve the problem.

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