Opposition: New Minister Close to Russian Oligarchs, Vulnerable to Blackmail

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The Opposition also said that by nominating Paladina, the ruling HDZ was trying to dodge responsibility for the failed process of post-earthquake reconstruction.

Sandra Benčić of the Green-Left Bloc told reporters that the latest nomination showed that PM and HDZ leader Andrej Plenković not only made bad personnel choices but that Paladina was in a clear conflict of interest because he was manager of the Kupari company, which was to have made an investment in a former hotel complex whose demolition was opposed by Croatian architects, who demanded its preservation.

Katarina Peović of the Workers’ Front said that Paladina was in a conflict of interest even before taking office, which, she said, is a classic example of “the HDZ’s personnel policy.”

Marijana Puljak of the Centre party said that it was difficult for PM Plenković to find a person for a ministerial post who was not compromised, stressing that this showed that “not everybody wants to have a relationship with the HDZ because people judge you by the company you keep.”

Anka Mrak Taritaš (GLAS) said that the HDZ had evidently decided not to deal with reconstruction “but find a minister to shift all the blame onto, so this time they have opted for a manager.”

Bridge party vice-president Nikola Grmoja said his party group was already calling Paladina “Vanyushka” because of his ties with Russians.


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