Latvia: an unhappy story unfolds around stolen tax data
According to AP, an activist using the pseudonym Neo , working for an organisation calling itself the People's Army of the Fourth Awakening, claims to have downloaded millions of classified documents over several months from the revenue service's Web site. They are now making the information available on the internet. Their intention, they claim, is to expose graft and waste by top officials, who are paying themselves huge salaries and bonuses at a time when public employees are having their salaries slashed by up to 50 per cent.
The Latvian government is facing massive structural budget deficits, much of which can be traced back to the disastrous adoption of a flat tax regime which has depleted revenues and increased inequality without providing the economic boost that flat tax proponents claim of it.
While many would question Neo's motives, it seems this action has found strong support among ordinary Latvians, who distrust their leaders and oligarchs in equal measure.