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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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

After Dishonest Election Victory, PM Admits Fraud

After telling lies to Latvian voters for five years, the ruling political party has admitted that the sale of Parex Bank stock to the EBRD was fake because it was secretly reversible.  Of course, the prime minister waited until after the election last month to inform the public.

Unfortunately the Bloomberg article below doesn’t explain the implications:  Latvia has been understating its deficit and debt for five years, violating agreements with the IMF and EU.  The article also doesn’t mention that Parex was a corrupt and fraudulent offshore bank with links to the Kremlin, and the people who looted the assets of Parex weren’t prosecuted.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-28/latvia-plans-to-pay-ebrd-for-its-investment-in-parex-banka.html

Eurostat confirms Dombrovskis’ fraud

Eurostat has written a letter confirming that Valdis Dombrovskis’ deal to sell Parex Bank stock to the EBRD in 2009 was a fraud.  The “sale” was actually a “loan” because Latvia must buy back the stock.  The Eurostat letter indicates another fraud also:  when Latvia gave free Citadele stock (the EBRD bought Parex stock, not Citadele stock) to the EBRD this should have been recorded as an expense.  Latvia is required, according to the illegal deal, to buy back the Citadele stock for an unknown price at an unknown time.  However, Latvia made the deal “confidential.”  We thought “confidential” was for military secrets.  How can the national debt be “confidential” from voters, taxpayers, and creditors?  We hope the next government will repudiate the debt and sue the EBRD to take back the Citadele stock.

Eurostat letter September 2014

UPDATED: Bloomberg picks up story!

UPDATE – 26 AUGUST 2014 ON BFW (BLOOMBERG SUBSCRIBER SERVICE):

Dutch Lawmaker Asks Eurostat to Review Latvian Accounts
2014-08-26 11:29:53.256 GMT

By Corina Ruhe
Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) — Financial statements for Latvia are non-compliant with Eurostat standards, Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch member of parliament for the Christian Democrats, says in letter to Eurostat.
* Says Lavia “sold” shrs of nationalized Parex Bank to
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2009
with secret “put option”, requiring Latvia to buy back the
shrs in future, guaranteeing unknown profit to EBRD at
expense of Latvian taxpayers
* Says money for Parex was only a loan effectively
* Says put option was major breach of European standards
* Says Eurostat obliged to instruct Latvia to restate
financial statements back to 2009; to include amount of put
option as debt
* NOTE: Latvia plans to sell Citadele this year
* NOTE: Dijsselbloem Says EBRD Has Put Option on Citadele,
Reverta Stake

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–With assistance from Aaron Eglitis in Riga.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Corina Ruhe in Amsterdam at +31-20-589-8526 or cruhe@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story:
Fergal O’Brien at +44-20-7330-7152 or
fobrien@bloomberg.net

ORIGINAL POST – 10 JULY 2014:

We have been sending emails to Bloomberg for years that the EBRD/Latvia/Parex bailout was fraudulent because of a secret put option, and finally they have picked up the story!  This is one of the largest frauds of the European Financial Crisis, and is even larger if incoming rumors are true that the EBRD has committed similar frauds in other countries.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-07-10/dijsselbloem-says-ebrd-has-put-option-on-citadele-reverta-stake

 

Dutch articles about EBRD Latvia fraud

Hurray for the Dutch media!  Maybe in the future Latvia can have a free media like this.

Articles about the 26 August 2014 letter from MP Pieter Omtzigt to Eurostat:

http://925.nl/archief/2014/08/26/breek-vragen-letland

http://politiek.thepostonline.nl/2014/08/26/eurostat-werkt-mee-aan-boekhoudfraude-bij-letland/

http://www.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2014/08/omtzigt-wil-dat-eurostat-schuld-letland-herberekent

Dutch journalist David Bremmer published an article in both Algemeen Dagblad (15 August 2014) and Het Parool (16 August 2014).

https://blendle.nl/i/ad/wordt-letland-het-nieuwe-griekenland/bnl-adn-20140815-3448345/r/sh-em

Dutch journalist Jean Wanningen published an article about the Latvia/EBRD/Parex fraud.

http://www.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2014/08/wetteloosheid-letland-is-topje-van-de-ijsberg

Dagelijkse Standaard 15 Aug 2014

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Previously, Dutch journalist Arno Wellens published a series of articles about the Latvia/EBRD/Parex fraud.

http://925.nl/archief/2014/07/15/kredietcrisis-zelfs-dijsselbloem-lijkt-het-niet-meer-te-snappen

925 article 15 Jul 2014

http://925.nl/archief/2014/01/07/letse-banken

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http://925.nl/archief/2014/01/08/baltische-banken-deel-2

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http://925.nl/archief/2014/01/16/nomura-hielp-letland-probleemschulden-te-verhullen-baltische-ban

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Dutch Parliament investigation!

The Netherlands Parliament will have a formal investigation of the Parex/EBRD/Latvia “put option” fraud.  This investigation is different from the European Commission investigation, which is about how Latvia violated state aid rules to extend the Parex bailout loans.  The apparent purpose of both frauds was to cover-up the truth about Parex at taxpayer expense.

http://925.nl/archief/2014/06/17/kamervragen-neelie-kroes-waarom-sloopte-u-ing-terwijl-nederland-eur400-miljoen-belastinggeld-aan-een-russische-witwasbank-doneerde

 

Adriatic Institute and Global Financial Integrity

Global Financial Integrity and the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy have posted about the apparently fraudulent EBRD bailout of Russian/Ukrainian offshore specialist Parex Bank of Latvia in 2009.  The bailout empowered corrupt Oligarchs and devastated the Latvian economy.  When will the EBRD explain its actions to taxpayers?

http://adriaticinstitute.blogspot.com/2014/06/us-senate-briefing-on-america-and.html