The good guys are losing ground in Latvian struggle
A brave decision by Latvia’s president may cost him his job but is unlikely to restore public trust in politicians.
Appeared in print on 31.05.2011
The struggle for supremacy between state institutions and big money is the hallmark of post-communist politics. But it is particularly nerve-wracking in Latvia. The protagonists are on one side the Baltic state’s politically powerful tycoons, armed with media outlets, political parties and a strong sense of entitlement; and on the other the agencies that are supposed to uphold the rule of law and the public interest. Foremost among them is KNAB, the anti-corruption agency.