Dog days plague Latvian economics minister

  • 1998-08-06
  • Anastasia Styopina
RIGA - When sorrows come, they come not in single spies but in battalions.Economics Minister Laimonis Strujevics can probably relate to old Will Shakespeare's famous ode to tough going.First, new privatization payment regulations prepared by a work group headed by Strujevics caused an uproar in the cabinet and the Latvian media. Critics charged that allowing buyers of to-be-privatized companies to use vouchers instead of cash for 20 percent of the price in lats would divest the Latvian budget of 8 million lats ($13.3 million) in privatization revenue.Then, the prosecutor's general office an...
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