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Shareholder’s promise: Rīgas satiksme will be made to calculate possible losses

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Riga City Council Vice-Chairman Vadims Baraņņiks

Shareholder of Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme (RS) Vadims Baraņņiks promises to make the company calculate possible losses the company may have suffered from decisions made by the previous board, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.

Baraņņiks was reluctant to say anything about suing RS’ former board members. He did promise, however, to make RS calculate the possible losses from the previous board members’ decisions.

De Facto presented a conclusion made by law firm Novius about the work and responsibility of RS board. It mentions that the formed board members of RS may have committed violations. However, more precise information about the extent of losses could be secured through a special audit.

It should be reminded that State Police has taken notice of RS consultants.

The programme reminds that in the period evaluated by Novius, between 2012 and end of 2018, there were many people among RS board members who are associated with ruling political parties in Riga City Council – current leaders of RS structure units Irina Feldmane, Edmunds Zivtiņš and Jānis Geduševs (Honour to Serve Riga), Riga City Council members Maksims Tolstojs (Harmony), Irina Vinnika (Honour to Serve Riga) and Andris Bērziņš (Honour to Serve Riga), Jurmala City Council deputy Larisa Loskutova (Harmony), Baldone City Council deputy Andrejs Požarnovs (Honour to Serve Our Latvia), ex-Riga City Council Welfare Department head Inese Švekle (Honour to Serve Riga) and the current temporary board member in Riga City Council Emīls Jakrins. For the longest time RS was managed by Leons Bemhens, who is now the main suspect in the transport vehicles procurement criminal case.

Ex-RS board members were evasive in conversations with De Facto. They only said they see no violations in their work. The programme notes that Novius outlined in its report the solidarity in responsibility of board members. This means if charges are presented, all of them will have to answer. It is the duty of specific people to prove if ex-RS board members are to blame for committed violations.

RS council chairman Normunds Narvaišs is not sure the previous board is to blame for all problems in the company. Delays with the case are not serious enough to be at risk of statute of limitations in this case. The company will turn against he old board members once a new board has been compiled. It could happen at the beginning of next year, De Facto reports.

Read also: Rīgas satiksme evaluates corruption in 406 posts. Board members and managers at risk

Once the order is given to turn against the previous board, the complaint is to be submitted within three months. Baraņņiks claims that neither political nor personal motives affect his judgement.


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