Krisjanis Karins & Tambovskaya Mafia

On 7 March 2019, Saeima Deputy Aldis Gobzems (Independent) released evidence that Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (Jauna Vienotiba) received millions of euros from a company registered in Cyprus and linked to a Russian citizen. We thank and applaud Gobzems for making this information public.

We are not surprised to learn that Karins is on the payroll of a shady Russian. Karins was a recipient of the May 2005 whistleblowing letter against Parex Bank, which he ignored even though he was Minister of the Economy and it was the largest fraud in Latvian history. We can show from emails that he was informed in January 2006 that the whistleblower was hiding and receiving murder threats, and he ignored that also.

The result was that Parex was looted, the national economy collapsed, and 20% of the population fled. The largest recipients of money flowing out of Parex appear to have been: the Kargin family, the Krasovitsky family, Yuri Shefler (US Treasury warning list), Oleg Boiko (US Treasury warning list), Eduard Khudainatov (Tambovskaya Mafia and US Treasury sanctions list), and Grigory Rabinovich (Tambovskaya Mafia). The Tambovskaya Mafia, according to the Spanish government, was a violent heroin and sex-slave trafficking organization linked to Vladimir Putin which used money-laundering platforms at Parex.

Another detail from the same whistleblowing is that Karins is bankrupting Riga City. Part of the whistleblowing was about Solaris Bus paying bribes to Riga City through Parex. This racket started in 2002, Karins learned of it in 2005 and did nothing, and therefore the racket continued until 2018 with perhaps one hundred million euros stolen. This is small compared with the billions that disappeared from Parex, but it is significant because it shows that as long as Karins keeps lying about the whistleblowing and lying that Parex collapsed because of ‘Sweden’ (that is the official story from Jauna Vienotiba), we can expect the same criminals to continue stealing more money from us.