Latvia: Central bank chief detained by anti-corruption agency, urged to step down

Latvia's Minister of Finance Dana Reizniece-Ozola suggested that the head of the country's central bank lmars Rimsevics should step down after he was detained by the country's anti-corruption agency, speaking from a press conference in Riga on Sunday. The Head of the Latvian Bank was arrested on Sunday following a police raid of his office and private property. The country's authorities have... Еще not yet clarified the motives behind the detention, however, Reizniece-Ozola said that, «tomorrow Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau will release all relevant information.» She refused to give further comment on the possible connection between Rimsevic's arrest and the claims made by Norvik Banka's major stakeholder Grigory Guselnikov on the Latvian central bank's alleged attempts to extort money. In addition to being head of the Central Bank since 2001, Ilmars Rimsevics has also been a member of the European Central Bank's Governing Council since 2014, when Latvia entered the Eurozone.

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