Pandemic has left no impact on corruption in Latvia - anti-corruption chief

  • 2021-10-28
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - By and large, the coronavirus pandemic has left no impact on corruption in Latvia, Jekabs Straume, head of the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB), told journalists Thursday. 

The anti-corruption bureau has not observed any major changes in corruption patterns during the pandemic. Corruption is a latent crime and the pandemic and epidemiological restrictions are practically having no effect on planning and execution of corruption crimes, Straume said. 

However, Straume admitted that transparence in dealing with some pandemic-related issues make some corruption crimes easier to commit. 

"Apart from this phenomenon with fake vaccine certificates, our observations suggest that there has been no sharp increase in corruption in other areas," the KNAB chief said.