KIEV. 18 Feb. UNN. The staff of the Bureau for combating corruption detained the head of the Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimshevicha. This information was confirmed by Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kuchinskis. It is reported by UNN with reference to Delfi, the Latvian TV channel.

According to journalists, Rimshevicha detained in the criminal case about extortion of bribes as part of an organized criminal group. Investigators believe that the criminals extorted money from the bankers, using political influence and threatening challenges to their business.

February 16, employees of the Bureau on anti-corruption conducted searches at the office of Rimshevicha in his country house. The evening of 17 February, the head of the Bank of Latvia after returning from a trip abroad came in for questioning, which ended late at night.

As reported UNN, on 8 February, the Seimas approved the introduction of sanctions against the defendants in the so-called “Magnitsky list” against Russians involved in human rights violations, corruption and money laundering.