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Julijs Krumins, Inguna Sudraba, Jorens Raitums

Latvian “businessman” Julijs Krumins has recently made some interesting confessions regarding his corrupt activities.

Besides general statements about how Andris Skele and Aivars Lembergs have been bribing and looting the government for many years, he also said a few things that tie in with the pyramid fraud at Parex Bank.  The decision of the Vienotiba political party to fraudulently cover-up the fraud at taxpayer expense rather than expose the fraud and try to recover the stolen money resulted in Latvia’s economic and demographic collapse.

Krumins claims that he bribed former KGB agent and Port of Riga boss Leonids Loginovs, who was caught in corrupt deals involving Parex Bank but was never prosecuted and still retains his position today even though the government claims it is now cleaned up.

But more importantly, Krumins says that he illegally funded Inguna Sudraba and Jorens Raitums’ political party “No Sirds Latvijai.”  Sudraba and Raitums were on the Parex Bank credit committee for several years prior to the Parex bailout when it was learned that a lot of the loans they approved would never be paid back, having funded several notorious oligarchs and bribes to Latvian politicians (Daimler, Alstom, etc.).

After the implosion of Parex and before the founding of “No Sirds Latvija,” Sudraba and her friend Aivars Veiss (former State Treasurer who organized trades in which millions of euros of Treasury money disappeared) left Parex and were chosen by Vienotiba to hold important government positions.  She became State Auditor (responsible for investigating the loans at Parex which she approved herself, not surprisingly she didn’t find any problems) and he became Head of the Latvian Post Office.

We wish this earlier history appeared in the articles now being published about Krumins, Sudraba, and Raitums…


Ansis Ataols Berzins

The Latvian government, right now in 2016, is trying to lock an anti-corruption protestor in prison.  So much for any dreams that the government is getting less corrupt…

Back in January 2009, while the government was destroying the Latvian economy by fraudulently bailing out the pyramid fraud at Parex Bank, Latvian activists rightfully and correctly defended themselves by protesting at the parliament building and the Parex headquarters.  The bailout fraud was a crime against Latvia on a scale not seen since World War II.  The government doubled the national debt with the money mostly going to offshore account holders from Russia.  Up to 20% of the Latvian population was forced to move to Western Europe to escape the economic devastation.

Parex was the main money-launderer for Vladimir Putin’s Tambovskaya Mafia.  The government had full information that Parex was a pyramid fraud because a whistleblower gave details to the prosecutors in May 2005.  The fraud was the largest in Latvian history, however the government didn’t investigate.  Instead, the government made the fraud larger and gave awards, promotions, and cash to the criminals.  The whistleblowing included information about an assassination, which the government didn’t investigate.  And, the whistleblower received death threats for years, which the government also didn’t investigate.

However the government treated the January 2009 protest very differently.  Suddenly the prosecutors had lots of time and energy to do investigations!  They immediately opened criminal cases against 70 protestors.  Some of those heroes are currently outside of Latvia and cannot return.  This is ironic, since officially the government is asking Latvians outside of Latvia to please return home since the Crisis which the government says was caused by “Sweden” is supposedly finished.

For example, the government is forcing Ansis Ataols Berzins to stay in exile outside of Latvia by threatening him with 20 months in prison if he returns.  He made an appeal for justice at a recent Latvian festival (see link below).

We hope the European Union and United States will wake up and realize that Latvia is a fake democracy controlled by a small circle of oligarchs who are robbing and terrorizing the Latvian people.  The EU and US could help by issuing arrest warrants for the government officials who were responsible for the Parex fraud (Godmanis, Dombrovskis, Repse, Rimsevics, Karins, Maizitis, Sudraba, Rubess, Vilks, Lagzdins, etc.) and adding them to sanctions lists.  Threatening an exiled European anti-corruption protestor with prison to protect corrupt Russian billionaires is horrible tyranny, unacceptable within the EU and NATO.





Documented: Parex Bank and Tambovskaya Mafia

Attached below is a document dated 29 May 2015 by the “Fiscalia Especial Contra la Corrupcion y la Criminalidad Organizada.”  It is the case prepared by Spain against Vladimir Putin’s Tambovskaya Mafia.  The Tambovskaya are involved in looting governments, international heroin trafficking, and murdering informants.  The wars in Chechnya and Ukraine in which tens of thousands of people were killed could also be blamed on Tambovskaya.

It was already known that Mikhail Rebo (sometimes spelled Rabo) was the main money launderer for Tambovskaya and his wife Tatiana Rebo was manager of the Parex Bank office in Berlin.  Now we have more details.

Parex Bank is mentioned in the document on pages 130, 137, 276, 277, 278, 379, 380, and 392.  Parex sister company International Overseas Services is mentioned on page 130.  Several other notorious Latvian banks are mentioned throughout.

Parex is mentioned again on pages 404, 405, and 406 including specific mention of Tatiana Rebo.  Throughout the document there are references of money going through Latvia and Germany, with Germany sometimes used to mean Parex Bank Berlin.

Page 429 mentions “Rabinovich” who owns a store in Riga.  This could be a reference to Parex shareholder Grigory Rabinovich who was a close friend of the Parex oligarchs.  When Parex was looted prior to the handover of Parex liabilities to European taxpayers, the bank made a fake unrecoverable loan to Rabinovich which seemed to be a refund of the money he paid to purchase Parex shares.  The other minority shareholders including Americans and Swedes didn’t get refunds.  Obviously this was illegal however nobody got punished except taxpayers.

On page 429 starts a discussion of “Chaika” who seems to be Russian General Prosecutor Yuri Chaika who is known to have laundered money through Latvia, and “Vova” who is Vladimir Putin.

The Latvian government and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have been running a propaganda and disinformation campaign since 2009 to blame the disappearance of the assets of Parex on the United States and Sweden.  Even though it was already revealed in 2014 that the Latvia/EBRD/Parex bailout of 2009 was a cover-up fraud, most newspapers refuse to publish truthful articles and are still sticking with the United States/Sweden story.

The signer of the fraud, Valdis Dombrovskis, is now European Commission Vice President responsible for the integrity of the euro.  Another fraud organizer, Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmars Rimsevics, is on the council of the European Central Bank.  The ECB is the largest investor in Latvian bonds and Rimsevics knows that the bonds were issued fraudulently to bailout a Russian Mafia bank.  The only person Latvia prosecuted in connection with the fraud bailout was whistleblower Ilmars Poikans who exposed Rimsevics for paying a huge bonus to himself after organizing the fraud.



Edward Lucas Exposed

An email exchange between an anti-corruption activist and exiled whistleblower John Christmas has revealed that Edward Lucas, Senior Editor of The Economist, is running a secret campaign to undermine Christmas’ efforts to end the corrupt relationship between the Kremlin and the EBRD.

Christmas has been working for years to get a massive criminal conspiracy into the mainstream media.  The EBRD, funded by Western taxpayers with a mission of “fostering transparency” in Eastern Europe was caught organizing a multi-billion-euro fraudulent bailout of Parex Bank at the expense of duped Latvian taxpayers.  Parex has been linked to Vladimir Putin’s Tambovskaya Mafia.  Almost half of the assets of Parex mysteriously disappeared in 2008/2009 and the Latvian government has been running a disinformation campaign together with the EBRD to blame the “United States” and “Sweden.”  Lucas has been an important part of this disinformation campaign, praising Valdis Dombrovskis who signed the fraudulent cover-up as Latvian prime minister and then was promoted to important responsibilities at the European Commission level for protecting the integrity of the Euro.

The activist wrote to Christmas that she was considering nominating him for a prize from Transparency International because of his long years working in exile to fight Latvia’s money laundering banks.  These banks have been actively looting Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, and other countries for many years.  However, Lucas convinced her not to nominate Christmas by lying that he investigated Christmas’ accusations and discovered that the accusations weren’t true.

 I did contact Edward Lucas about you, but he said that he and all the other major newspapers checked into your story and it didn’t add up.  Sorry about that!

It has already been established that the Parex bailout was a cover-up fraud.  The Latvian government nationalized Parex and then supposedly privatized a stake in Parex by selling it to the EBRD in 2009.  The politicians lied to the voters for a few years that they were heroes for rescuing Latvia from the “United States” and “Sweden.”  Then, after getting re-elected on this platform of lies, they admitted that the privatization was fake and reversed the privatization in 2014.  This has already happened.  Anyone can confirm this in a few minutes by looking at government press releases.  It is impossible that Lucas or anyone else really “checked into the story” and discovered that the bailout wasn’t fraudulent because it was fraudulent.

And yet Lucas continues to ignore all of the facts and write and tell lies to build a fake hero image for Dombrovskis.  There are a lot of people who hate Putin and love Lucas because they perceive Lucas to be against Putin.  We encourage all of Lucas’ fans to ask him:  if he is against Putin then why is he spreading lies to protect Putin and hurt a whistleblower?

We also received information from another source regarding the ongoing effort of the EBRD to cover-up for Putin with our money.

The new information regards Ukio Bank of Lithuania.  We already had information from an anonymous whistleblower that the Ukio/EBRD bailout was a big fraud similar to the Parex/EBRD bailout.  Then, Ukio Bank was identified as a money launderer for Putin in the Panama Papers.  Now, we can link that racket with Parex as well.  Arnis Lagzdins was an employee of Parex from 2004 to 2008 with a function of lying to Western institutions that Parex was a lawful bank.  Now we have learned that in 2009, Lagzdins switched to Ukio to perform the same function there.  This was at the same time Parex was looted and Putin’s money laundering activities moved from Parex to Ukio for a few years before Ukio was looted also.  Coincidence?  Lagzdins is now based at the Latvian Embassy in Washington where his job is telling American officials that Latvia is fighting very hard to stop money laundering.

Lucas himself wrote that the EBRD was protecting Kremlin-linked banks to make them appear respectable in his book “The New Cold War” published in 2008.  This was true.  However soon after that book was published, he started fighting the opposite way to disinform his audience that the EBRD wasn’t doing this.  Seems that someone from the EBRD and/or Kremlin must have convinced him to switch sides.

This matter is no joke.  Many billions of dollars have been stolen from many millions of victims in many countries and laundered through banks linked with Parex AFTER the EBRD cover-up and this could have been prevented if Lucas had published truthful articles about the Parex crash.

Anyone who wants to read the full email exchanges with the activist and Lucas may request those at lawlesslatvia@gmail.com.

Latvia Uzbek KGB Connection

Rebaltica has published articles about connections between Latvia and Uzbekistan.  The research is excellent.  Our only complaint is that Rebaltica continues to promote the myth that Parex Bank collapsed because of the Global Crisis when actually it collapsed because of internal fraud.  Also Rebaltica refuses to publish articles about the fraudulent 2009 Latvia/EBRD bailout of Parex even though the fraud was confirmed by the government in 2014.

The new articles are about “former” KGB agent Yuri Savitsky (Jurijs Savickis) who is Gazprom’s key man in Latvia, Kremlin-linked Parex Bank, and AB.LV which took over many Parex deposits after the EBRD bailout fraud, which all had relationships with the corrupt regime that looted Uzbekistan.

These Uzbek revelations highlight a serious problem that has been ongoing for 25 years, ever since Latvia’s so-called “independence” in 1991.  The Latvian government is controlled by offshore bankers from the KGB.

In 2005, a whistleblower gave a detailed list of material frauds at KGB-linked Parex Bank to Latvian authorities and the US Treasury provided money laundering information about KGB-linked Multibanka (Skonto) and KGB-linked VEF Banka (Savitsky).  This was the pivotal moment when any rational person who previously doubted that the KGB controlled the supposedly-democratic government could not be in doubt anymore.

Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis made beautiful speeches about how he would lead a big crack-down.  And then he did nothing.  Nobody was prosecuted.  Billions of euros of public money disappeared into the black hole of the KGB and the full loss went to taxpayers with nobody being held accountable.

Latvia should have been suspended from the EU and NATO immediately, and not re-admitted until Latvia prosecuted and imprisoned the KGB bankers in order to prove that (1) the government was really a constitutional democracy and (2) the government really shared values with the EU and NATO.

Unfortunately, EU and NATO officials chose instead to delude themselves that Latvia has rule-of-law even though it obviously doesn’t thus allowing Latvia’s KGB Oligarchy to perpetuate itself.

When you read these articles about the KGB bankers in Latvia looting Uzbekistan, please keep in mind that these people have looted a lot of other countries including Latvia and they still control the Latvian government today.  Savitsky is Gazprom’s intermediary (Itera) in Latvia.  Savitsky appointed Kalvitis to run company Latvian Gas (the natural gas monopoly).  The Parex oligarchs are enjoying over a billion euros that disappeared from Parex while government officials continue to lie that Parex collapsed because of “Sweden” and the Multibanka oligarchs are enjoying over a billion euros that disappeared as their construction company Skonto has overcharged the government often by 200% or 300% on major state projects.

Don’t be fooled by Media articles claiming that ethnic-Russian politicians like Tatjana Zdanoka and Nils Ushakovs are pro-Kremlin and ethnic-Latvian politicians like Aigars Kalvitis, Ivars Godmanis, and Valdis Dombrovskis are pro-Latvia.  They are ALL pro-Kremlin because they are ALL actively protecting KGB activities in Latvia.

We will only believe that Latvia is a rule-of-law democracy when the oligarchs behind Parex, AB.LV, Multibanka, and VEF Banka are in prison, and their wealth has been confiscated and returned to the taxpayers of Latvia, Uzbekistan, and other victimized countries.


Spain issues Warrants

A Spanish judge has issued warrants for Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, a group of top government officials linked with the Tambovskaya Mafia of St Petersburg.  The officials include Vladislav Reznik, Nikolai Aulov, Dmitry Kozak, Viktor Zubkov, Anatoly Serdyukov, Igor Sobolevsky, and Leonid Reiman.  Reiman has been a regular visitor to Latvia for years because he banks in Latvia.  His business rival Leonid Rozhetskin was assassinated in Jurmala in 2008.

Gennady Petrov, a top figure in Tambovskaya, was arrested in Spain in 2008 however later was allowed to visit Russia.  He is still in Russia living free today.  Spain also issued a warrant for his billionaire friend Mikhael Chernoy however Chernoy is protected by the Israeli government.

We at LawlessLatvia are extremely happy that a government in the West has taken action against Putin’s oligarchs.  Hurray for Spain!

The United States has issued warrants in the past for Putin’s associates Semyon Mogilevich and Dmitry Firtash.  However Mogilevich is protected by the Russian government and Firtash is protected by the Austrian government.

Shame on the United Kingdom for hosting some of Putin’s oligarchs for 20 years without issuing warrants for them.  The UK seems to have a strategy of protecting oligarchs because of a perceived belief that the UK benefits from allowing oligarchs to spend stolen money in the UK.

Perhaps the new Spanish warrants will cause people to think of the banks in Latvia and Lithuania which are linked to Putin.  Parex Bank of Latvia was identified by the media long ago for being linked to Tambovskaya.  And, Ukio Bank of Lithuania was recently identified in the Panama Papers for transferring massive corrupt payments to Putin’s apparent nominee.

Many assets of Parex Bank disappeared in 2008.  Latvia nationalized the bank and partly re-privatized it to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a deal that was confirmed fraudulent when Latvia reversed the privatization five years later because of a secret guarantee.  Meanwhile, Parex oligarch Valery Kargin moved to Russia.

Many assets of Ukio Bank disappeared in 2013 and again the EBRD organized mysterious deals at public expense to hide the truth from the public.  Meanwhile, Ukio oligarch Vladimir Romanov also moved to Russia.

Officials in Europe and the United States refuse to investigate clear fraud evidence provided by whistleblowers in both cases, apparently to protect the EBRD.  And, the Media continues to produce false articles blaming the collapse of Parex and Ukio on the Global Financial Crisis rather than internal fraud and embezzlement, while praising the EBRD for rescuing Latvia and Lithuania.

Hopefully the Spanish warrants will wake up some Western officials to the fact that the disappearance of Parex and Ukio assets was not caused by the Global Financial Crisis and the EBRD is using Western taxpayer money to cover-up for Putin’s money launderers.

article:  http://world.einnews.com/article/324398432/-iYLdPMrOfopZvI8

US investigates Latvia and Deutsche Bank

The United States is currently investigating Deutsche Bank for massive Russian money laundering.

Seems that once again, Latvia was involved.  Of course the racket in Latvia that hurts millions of victims in Latvia and Russia could have been stopped years ago since full fraud information about Parex Bank is openly available.

Trasta Komercbanka was a spin-off from Parex, founded by a former Parex representative.





Latvia launders for Russian General Prosecutor

People following Russian events have been watching and reading about Alexei Navalny’s new YouTube video about outrageous crimes involving the family of Vladimir Putin’s General Prosecutor Yuri Chaika.  Chaika is connected with a gang of rapists and murderers and family members have become very rich from corruption.  As usual, the money was laundered by the Latvian Proxy Network.  We continue to wonder when the West will wake up to the global threat of the Putin Regime.  Currently, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Eurostat are using our taxes to fraudulently fund and protect the Latvian Proxy Network thus strengthening Putin.


Air Baltic – also looted

LawlessLatvia has featured posts about the unprosecuted looting of the largest institutions in Latvia including Parex Bank, Latvenergo, Riga City, and Liepajas Metalurgs.  Now we will turn to another favorite target of the Oligarchs:  AirBaltic.

Millions of euros disappear from AirBaltic every year, often paid to fake companies that are supposedly providing services to AirBaltic.  Evidence indicates that many of these transactions were the result of dealings between Latvian Oligarch Ainars Slesers and German citizen Berthold Flick.  However we may never learn the full details since the Latvian parliament voted that Slesers has immunity from law.

Now, Latvia claims to be privatizing part of AirBaltic to prominent German investor Ralf Girmes, but we can’t know the truth about that either.  Since Latvia’s privatization of Parex Bank to the EBRD in 2009 was later discovered to be fraudulent (the transaction was designed to create a fake value for Parex which was actually worthless, and the transaction was reversed 5 years later with a secret guarantee), it is possible this new “sale” will also be fake.

Now, Latvian taxpayers are pouring 132 mln euros more into the black hole which is AirBaltic.  Will Brussels and Washington ever wake up and realize that the Latvian government is controlled by criminals?  Ignoring this reality only perpetuates the problem.

article about AirBaltic 132 mln “investment”

UPDATED: Offshore Alert conference

John Christmas, the exiled whistleblower in the multi-billion-euro Parex Bank fraud and EBRD cover-up, spoke at the Offshore Alert conference in London on November 24.  Even though thousands of bureaucrats in dozens of countries have known about this fraud for years, they are taking no action while the fraud continues to grow larger and ruin the lives of millions of people in Eastern Europe.  Speaking together with John was Stephanie Gibaud, Sakharov prize nominee and UBS whistleblower:

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This is the full slideshow:

Christmas OffshoreAlert Nov 2015 final

UPDATE:  This is the YouTube video from the conference, Christmas’ presentation is number 15 in the series: