Latvian Organized Crime Invests in Politics

Issue & Policy Briefs December, 2010, No. 46

Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on October 2. They took place in a situation when the Parliament and the government have lost authority and trust. At the same time, the powerful political networks are strengthening their position.  Experts admit that in the global crisis conditions, the shadow and criminal economy sector (potential and opportunities of control structures over economic sphere decreases), is expanding. An essential part is played by organized criminal groups.