Ramūnas Karbauskis

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Ramūnas Karbauskis
Ramūnas Karbauskis.jpg
Member of the Seimas
In office
13 November 2020 – 24 November 2020
Succeeded byAsta Kubilienė
ConstituencyMulti-member
In office
14 November 2016 – 13 November 2020
Preceded byRimantas Jonas Dagys
Succeeded byJurgita Šiugždinienė
ConstituencyŠilainiai
In office
25 November 1996 – 18 October 2004
Preceded byMindaugas Stakvilevičius
Succeeded byRima Baškienė
ConstituencyŠiauliai countryside
Chairman of the Farmers and Greens Union
Assumed office
15 April 2009 [1]
Preceded byKazimira Prunskienė
Deputy Chairman of the Speaker of the Seimas
In office
24 November 2000 – 15 May 2001
Succeeded byVytenis Andriukaitis
Personal details
Born (1969-12-05) 5 December 1969 (age 52)
Naisiai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyIndependent (Before 1998)
Peasants Party (1998–2001)
Farmers and Greens Union (2001–present)
SpouseLina Karbauskienė
Children2
Alma materLithuanian Academy of Agriculture

Ramūnas Karbauskis (born 5 December 1969) is a Lithuanian businessman and politician.

Biography[edit]

Education and business career[edit]

Born on 5 December 1969 in Naisiai, Karbauskis graduated from Julius Janonis secondary school in Šiauliai in 1987. The same year, he enrolled into the Faculty of Agronomy at the Lithuanian Academy of Agriculture, graduating in 1992.[2]

As a youth, Karbauskis had an active interest in draughts (or checkers), becoming a candidate for Master (qualification degree) in International and Russian draughts. During 1987–1988 he was a member of Lithuanian Youth National Team of Russian draughts.[2]

In 1993, Karbauskis launched a company Agrokoncernas, acting as its CEO.[2] Over the following two decades, Agrokoncernas grew to become one of the largest agricultural groups in Lithuania, employing more than 800 people.[3] Karbauskis retained full ownership of the company, making him one of the richest men in Lithuania.[4]

Political career[edit]

Participating in politics since mid-1990s, Karbauskis has been elected to the national parliament, the Seimas, on three occasions.

In the elections of 1996, he ran as an independent and was elected to the Seventh Seimas in the single-seat constituency of Šiauliai (rural) (45). In 1998 he joined the Lithuanian Peasants Party (LVP) and became its chairman. In 1997 and 2000 he also served on the council of Šiauliai district municipality.[2]

In the elections of 2000 Karbauskis was reelected in his single-seat constituency, representing LVP. In the Eighth Seimas, he served as the deputy speaker between 2000 and 2001.[2]

Since 2009, Karbauskis has been the Chairman of Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union, renamed to Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union in 2012.[5] The party won 2016 parliamentary elections in Lithuania.[6] Karbauskis himself won a seat in the parliament in the single-member constituency of Šilainiai (in Kaunas).

Philanthropy and social engagement[edit]

Karbauskis has launched Naisiai family festival (an alcohol-free, outdoor summer entertainment festival). He is also a writer and producer of TV series The Summer of Naisiai (Lithuanian: Naisių vasara), based on stories from Naisiai village where Karbauskis was born.[7]

In 2013, Karbauskis co-founded the charity Let's Educate Children (Lithuanian: Švieskime vaikus), in cooperation with Lithuanian singer and producer Andrius Mamontovas.[7]

Karbauskis has been the President of Lithuanian Draughts Federation since 2006 and the Vice-President of the Lithuanian Žemaitukas (a historic horse breed from Lithuania) Association from 2009.[7]

Allegations of illicit business practices[edit]

A media investigation into Ramūnas Karbauskis's company Agrokoncernas revealed that Karbauskis and his family have been using shell companies to circumvent an anti-monopoly regulatory restriction on how much land one entity can own. Furthermore, it is asserted that Agrokoncernas has exploited this to receive additional funding from the EU.[8]

The investigation also shows that Karbauskis has used company finances to build his personal residence (instead of taking dividends from his company, for which he would have had to pay taxes).[8]

Personal life[edit]

Karbauskis is married and has two sons, Justinas and Mantas, with his wife Lina.[2] His brother, Mindaugas Karbauskis is stage director in the Moscow Mayakovsky Theatre.[9]

Karbauskis is divorced from his first wife Jūratė.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://tm.lrv.lt/uploads/tm/documents/files/2019-10-02_politin%C4%97s%20partijos%20archyvas.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ a b c d e f "2000-2004 m. kadencijos Seimo narys Ramūnas Karbauskis" (in Lithuanian). Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ ""Agrokoncerno" apyvarta per metus smuko 29 proc. iki 159,2 mln. eurų". 15min.lt. Baltic News Service. December 1, 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Ramūnas Karbauskis - Lietuvos Turtingiausi". Ekonomika.lt. TV3. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Lietuvos valstiečių ir žaliųjų sąjungos kandidatas LR Seimo rinkimuose 2012 m. Karbauskis Ramūnas" (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Lithuania election: Farmers' party in shock triumph". BBC News. 23 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Ramūnas Karbauskis". Charity "Švieskime vaikus". Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  8. ^ a b Černiauskas, Birutė Davidonytė and Šarūnas. "Lord of the Land: Leader of Lithuania's Ruling Party Exposed". www.occrp.org. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  9. ^ Jančys, Artūras (February 2, 2014). "Iškentęs pažeminimą, M.Karbauskis bus įleistas į Rusiją" (in Lithuanian). Lietuvos Rytas. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Buvę Ramūno Karbauskio uošviai praskleidė paslapties šydą". www.lrytas.lt. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
Seimas
Preceded by Member of the Seimas for Šilainiai
2016–2020
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the Seimas for Šiauliai rural constituency
1996–2004
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the Farmers and Greens Union
2009–present
Incumbent