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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.

http://www.rebaltica.lv/en/investigations/uzbeks_in_latvia

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.

http://www.lsm.lv/en/article/economics/economy/latvian-bank-linked-to-another-russian-money-laundering-operation.a164643/

 

 

 

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.

http://www.lsm.lv/en/article/politics/navalny-chaika-money-was-laundered-via-latvia.a159194

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:

Rubess: Parex/Citadele “no longer criminal”

Baiba Rubess, a long-time board member at Citadele Bank, has declared to exiled and terrorized Parex/Citadele whistleblower John Christmas that Parex/Citadele is “no longer criminal.”  This is interesting because Parex/Citadele never announced that they were criminal in the first place and nobody ever got prosecuted when over a billion euros disappeared and the bank was caught intermediating huge bribes (Daimler, Solaris, Alstom, Kempmayer, TeliaSonera, etc.).  In fact, the government has been telling the voters since 2008 that the collapse of Parex and the national economy was caused by “Sweden.”

If Parex/Citadele wants to change from being a “criminal organization” to being a lawful organization, then it will have to take certain steps: (1) admitting that all Parex annual reports were materially fraudulent from at least 1998 to 2008, (2) admitting that the EBRD bailout in 2009 was fraudulent, (3) admitting that all Citadele annual reports from 2010 onwards have been materially fraudulent because the EBRD transaction was not explained truthfully.

Prosecutions for all Citadele directors would be an easy straight-forward slam-dunk since, following a five-year cover-up, the prime minister admitted in 2014 that the 2009 EBRD/Parex/Citadele deal was fraudulent.  However the prosecutors are instead focusing on their efforts to put Parex/Citadele dissident Ilmars Poikans in prison to punish him for being honest.

The Latvian media speculates that Ms. Rubess might become the head of Rail Baltic, in keeping with government policy of appointing Oligarch loyalists to important positions.

We at LawlessLatvia are still wondering when anyone in Washington or Brussels will wake up to what is happening in Latvia.

 

Russian nuke exec launders through Latvia

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It happened again.  Yet another massive money laundering scandal in Latvia.  Of course, this should be no surprise since Latvia never prosecutes anyone even when foreign governments hand completed investigations to Latvian officials.  Latvia’s only efforts have been directed at whistleblowers – terrorizing them to make them shut up.  Since there are only a tiny number of people who benefit (the Oligarchs and their cronies) and millions of people who are hurt (Latvians, Russians, Europeans, Americans) it is really amazing that the Western governments allow this racket to continue.

http://www.investing.com/news/world-news/russian-nuclear-exec-pleads-guilty-to-arranging-$2-million-in-bribes-359401

SEC nails Malta broker linked to Kargin, Parex, Citadele, M2M

Malta licensed broker Exante has been caught by the S.E.C. in a massive fraud scheme.  Although Exante is licensed in Malta, it has an office in Latvia and some employees are formerly from Parex Bank.  Exante has strong relationships with two Parex successor banks Citadele Bank and M2M Bank and employees boasted of meetings with Parex Oligarch Valery Kargin.  The Latvian government is responsible for this new fraud scheme because the Latvian government refused to prosecute Parex for many previous fraud schemes.

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/business/business_news/56060/maltabased_hedge_fund_involved_in_100_million_fraud