Posts tagged as corruption

Average bribes in Latvia between €20 000 and €30 000, say anti-graft cops

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

From 2013 to 2019, the average amount of bribes offered, promised or given was between €20 000 and €30 000, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) told LETA September 22. In these years, the largest bribe in the cases investigated by KNAB was €1 million and the smallest was €100. The amount of the bribe depends on the complexity of the “service” provided, i.e. a more complicated case involving senior officials…

Lithuanian president proposes establishing corruption ratings

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has proposed establishing a corruption resilience rating for the country’s institutions. The bill to reform the Law on Prevention of Corruption is backed by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the Special Investigations Service (STT). The president’s focus is “on prevention so that we could fight not only the consequences but would also be able to manage the risks,” Darius Kuliesius, an adviser to Nausėda, told reporters on…

Lithuanian MP claims information on corruption was censored

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lithuanian MP Vytautas Bakas claimed the information he provided on alleged unlawful actions by a country’s state security institution were classified by the authorities. He said the information he received last year revealed interference by one of the country’s state security institutions into the private lives of citizens, unlawful influence on elections and the violation of high-ranking officials’ neutrality. Bakas also said the information included evidence of alleged corruption during…

Holocaust in Jerusalem and winter without snow

Monday, January 27, 2020

HOW TO REMEMBER THE HOLOCAUST Holocaust Remembrance Day has turned into a diplomatic fuss that sucked in the Lithuanian  president, too. He was to take part in a 75th anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau liberation event in Jerusalem, but  cancelled   the trip at the last minute. Still, the Lithuanian president said he would pay tribute to the victims and survivors in Auschwitz, Poland, next week.  KIDNAPPING THAT (PROBABLY) DIDN’T HAPPEN The…

Panvežys mayor investigated for corruption

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The mayor of Panevėžys, Lithuania’s fifth-biggest city, is part of an influence peddling investigation by prosecutors and the anti-corruption Special Investigation Service (STT). “STT officials have opened another pre-trial investigation today and brought suspicions of influence peddling against Panevėžys Mayor Rytis Mykolas Račkauskas,” Nida Grunskienė, the chief prosecutor in the region of Panevėžys, told reporters on Monday. The mayor was detained and is forbidden to leave Panevėžys. He is also…

Corruption on decline in Lithuania, survey suggests

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Corruption in Lithuania continued to go down last year, according a survey by the Special Investigation Service (STT) which published its latest corruption map. Ten percent of ordinary people, five percent of business representatives and two percent of civil servants said they paid a bribe last year, compared to 12, eight and four percent, respectively, a year ago. Most of the situations for ordinary people occurred at hospitals, but prevalence…

Citizenship restoration process leaves room for corruption

Friday, January 3, 2020

The procedures of restoring Lithuanian citizenship leaves room for corruption, according to the country’s anti-corruption agency. The Special Investigation Service (STT) said the current time limit for the Migration Department to process citizenship restoration applications, “no later than six months”, is too vague and can lead to unlawful agreements. The law should make it possible to process applications under a fast-track procedure for an additional fee, the STT said in…

Lithuanian police detain ex-executive of Ukraine’s state company, suspected of corruption

Friday, November 1, 2019

Lithuania’s police detained the former board chairman of Ukraine’s State Food and Grains Corporation earlier this week in Vilnius, suspected of large-scale corruption in his country, law enforcement reported on Thursday. “I can confirm he was detained at the beginning of this week,” Ramunas Matonis, spokesman for Lithuania’s police, told BNS Lithuania on Thursday. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), which reported on the arrest on Thursday, did not…

Nearly 400 corruption crimes registered in 2018 in Estonia

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Altogether 378 corruption crimes were registered in Estonia in 2018, the largest number of which occurred in the state sector, the Ministry of Justice said. Last year, the biggest number of corruption crimes were found in the state sector, followed by the private sector and local governments, Ministry of Justice spokesperson Maria-Elisa Tuulik told BNS. According to the ministry, over half of the local government incidents were related to bribes…

“E-talons” summer audit in Latvia reveals possible corruption

Friday, October 25, 2019

The officials responsible have known for some time that there are problems within the “Rīgas satiksme” (Rīga transport) subsidiary “Rīgas karte”, which is responsible for maintaining the “e-talons” electronic card payment system operated by public transport in Riga, reports LTV’s De Facto investigative show. Until now, it’s been impossible to track how much money went where, but the results of this summer’s audit are beginning to reveal the extent of…