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Distrust in Letvia – latvian ports

as Baltic News Network reports on September 23rd, we have to learn, that more and more distrust is taking place against the Latvian ports.

The article explains, that: The hysteria of members of Latvian Transit Business Association (LTBA), different experts and some of Saeima deputies regarding any possible involvement in freeport Boards in fear of ruining the entire industry as a result in no longer surprising in any way. The very same people who sit in LTBA also work in the Boards of Latvia’s freeports. They are the same people who largely dictate the agendas of Transport Ministry and its subsidiaries, claims Baltic Association for Transport and Logistics.


BATL initiative against port activities

One more time we have to read articles on corruption and mismanagement around Latvia and its free port.

As published on September 22nd, 2013 we read in,,,,, and the following, really worrying article:

“BATL supports the initiative to divert profits from port activities to Latvia’s state budget

The Biedrība Baltijas asociācija – Transports un loģistika (BATL) supports the initiative of the Economy Ministry to amend the current regulations to allow the transfer of a portion of Latvia’s ports’ revenue to the state budget starting January 1, 2014.

“It is not the introduction of new taxes on port Boards that will reduce the overall competitiveness of Latvia’s transit corridor but the state’s inability to prevent the arbitrariness of the management teams of Latvia’s ports, which often results in scandals, criminal accusations, irresponsible realization of investment projects and other unpleasant activities. This fact is proven with conclusions from the prosecutor’s office, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, the European Commission and courts,” – as BATL informed BNN.


Replacing Ventspils Free Port Management

The Baltic News Network on their reports about plan of BATL to get the Ventspils Free Port Authority management replaced (in Latvian). The interesting article published on November 4th 2011 reads as follows:

“Ventspils Free Port Authority (VFPA) has long been practicing systematic violations and purposeful contra-action towards business interests of companies operating in Ventspils port, Baltic Association of Transport and Logistics (BATL) told BNN.


Lobbyist active in Ventspils

as the Baltic News Network reports according to BATL – the Ventspils Free Port is lobbying its companies instead of the interests of Latvia.

In the article published June 9, 2011 BNN reports, that

The Baltic Association of Transport and Logistics (BATL) warns Ventspils Free port administration’s activities against AS Ventspils Grain Terminal clearly suggest once more the changes are necessary within Ventspils Free port administration.


Baltic Course on Judge Melina – Ventbunkers

On March 19th, 2013 the news platform Baltic Course publishes a news report which came in as press release from the Ventbunkers press service with the following title:

Judge Melina strikes again in the Ventbunkers/LNT case

the article describes horrible conditions in the latvian law system and sheds a strange light on corruption in Latvia.

Read the full article at Baltic Course.

The press release from AS Ventbunkers is available in three languages:

in English: inf130319-judge-Melina-Ventbunkers-EN

in Latvian: Melina-ventbunkers-LV-19.03.2013

in Russian: VBU-Melina-RU


Again Oleg Stepanov tries to steel millions

as the Baltic News Network reports in their article dated March 4th, 2013, Mr. Oleg Stepanov seems to try again to steel millions out of LNT - which translates into Latvias Naftas Tranzits.

The article of BNN reports this threat with reference to inside sources.You can find the original English Article here.


Media report on Dzintars Kass and finance police officer I. Kuzmina

In serveral articles published on Augst 3 and following days, a strange case around AS Ventbunkers is reported in the latvian online press. Read in Baltic News Network English, Latvian

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BNN: Prosecutor General’s Office too weak for Lembergs

The Baltic News Network reports in July 26th, 2012 about the situation in Latvia concerning Aivars Lembergs. Obviously BNN reports, that the Prosecutor General in Riga is not strong enough to fight Aivars Lembergs.

The BNN article in English language starts as follows:


Martins Kveps brutally falsified another Ventbunkers’ Shareholders’ Meeting with the involvement of Lembergs

The following Ventbunkers press release reached us today:

Riga, Latvia: On December 28, 2011, an associate of Martins Kveps' law firm once again submitted to the Register of Enterprises brutally falsified documents of a Shareholders' Meeting, which never took place and which had never been convoked. This is the fifth attempt of the notorious Kveps to illegally seize control of the company Ventbunkers, one of the most important enterprises involved in the Oil Transit Business in the Latvian port of Ventspils.

23Dec/110 Defeat in the court may lead “TM security” to criminal proceedings

The following article of the portal pietiek which was written by A. Margēviča 21.12.2011 was published on

Loss was suffered at Ventspils City Court on Monday when insolvency application for a/s Kālija parks was dismissed. The security company TM security, the one dragged into political scandals, had submitted the application. And now this may subject the company's officials to the criminal liability. According to information that is available to Pietiek, corresponding application regarding the commencement of criminal proceedings has been already sent for investigation to Ventspils Police.