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2014.02.11 09:58

Who are the Lithuanian oligarchs?

DELFI | The Lithuanian Tribune2014.02.11 09:58

  Having decided to aim for the second term in office, President Dalia Grybauskaitė appears to have remembered the need to combat oligarchy. The Monday edition of the business daily ‘Verslo žinios‘ examines who exactly could be called an oligarch in Lithuania, writes www.delfi.lt.

Having decided to aim for the second term in office, President Dalia Grybauskaitė appears to have remembered the need to combat oligarchy. The Monday edition of the business daily ‘Verslo žinios‘ examines who exactly could be called an oligarch in Lithuania, writes www.delfi.lt.

The interviewed politicians point out lobbying as a defining trait of an oligarch or hint towards an even greater influence on the governing of the state. Business representatives claim that the fight against oligarchy could be taken seriously only if the enemies were named directly. Meanwhile, Lithuanian politicians tend to talk evasively about the conflict’s progress and/or its results, and they do it only after the conflict ends.

Remigijus Žemaitaitis, a member of the Order and Justice Party and the chairman of the Seimas Economics Committee, said he does not believe there are any national level oligarchs in the real sense of the word, but he did note several who appear to have an influence on the regional level of governing.

According to him they are the mayor of Druskininkai, Ričardas Malinauskas, the Kaunas businessman Jonas Garbaravičius, the owner of Biovela Virginijus Kantauskas, the management chairman of the Šiauliai based company Vaivorykštė Anridas Vinkleris, as well as the president of the company ‘Agrokoncernas’ Ramūnas Karbauskis, who is supposedly influential in the Šiauliai region.

The owner of the ‘MG Baltic Group’ Darius Mockus, who is often named as one of the oligarchs, claims that there are none in Lithuania.

“There are no oligarchic structures in Lithuania. Overall this is some sort of Marxist terminology, absolute rebus, riddles and charades. I do not understand them,” D. Mockus told ‘Verslo žinios‘.

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