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…

https://leta.lv/eng/home/important/E8531BF3-68A2-42B6-9BB1-F3B4B0B526A1/

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

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.

 

Karin Dawisha’s “Putin’s Kleptocracy” links Putin to Parex

Russia scholar Karin Dawisha recently published “Putin’s Kleptocracy.”  It is an excellent book, detailing Vladimir Putin’s ascent from the KGB to the St Petersburg Mafia to the Russian Presidency.  Dawisha links Putin with certain organized crime bosses in St Petersburg who are linked with Parex Bank.  This might cause problems for Latvian officials (general prosecutor, central bank governor, and others) who are fighting to protect Parex because the FBI (as revealed yesterday by the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal) is probing Putin’s money laundering activities.

http://gangstersinc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-russian-mafia-in-spain

Now in November 2014, Parex Bank successor Citadele Bank is operating with mostly the same employees and its core business is still serving offshore shell-company accounts for Russians.  Even though the Latvia/EBRD bailout is publicly known to have been fraudulent, the people who signed the deal are not being prosecuted.  Former Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis is now Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the euro.  Former EBRD President Thomas Mirow was not reinstated at the EBRD even though Putin recommended him.  Instead, Mirow is now Chairman of HSH Nordbank.

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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former Parex subsidiary on U.S. Treasury blacklist

On 22 May 2012, the United States Treasury blacklisted Belarussian bank JSC Credexbank as a “Primary Money Laundering Concern.”  We at LawlessLatvia weren’t aware of the Latvian connection until recently.

According to the Treasury, JSC Credexbank processed over $1 billion in shell company transfers in 2010 alone, an amount disproportionate to its size.  Also, JSC Credexbank had shell company ownership itself.

This bank was previously named Northern Investment Bank and was an undisclosed subsidiary of Parex Bank according to John Christmas’ whistleblowing to EY (2004) and the Latvian Prosecutors Office (2005).  Christmas had an internal Parex email stating that Parex secretly owned Northern Investment Bank, but nobody at EY or the Latvian Prosecutors Office cared about that.

If employees at EY or the Latvian Prosecutors Office had done their jobs, they could have stopped the Lukashenko Regime from laundering over a billion dollars.

http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1590.aspx