17 MEPs slam Cyprus over aiding Putin against Browder, laundering funds

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By Stelios Orphanides

Three days after Interpol dismissed for the fifth time a Russian arrest warrant against Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder, a group of European Parliament deputies urged Cyprus, the single EU state cooperating with Russia on the matter, to reconsider its cooperation and to instead clamp down on illicit Russian funds.

“We write to you with grave concern about the role that corrupt Russian government officials are playing in Cyprus in relation to the laundering of massive criminal schemes coming from Russia,” the 17 MEPs said in a joint letter to President Nicos Anastasiades dated October 26. “We are equally concerned that while Cyprus is neglecting its duties under the European directives to combat money laundering, the Cypriot government is actively assisting the Russian government in furthering human rights violations through assistance with politically motivated prosecutions, in contravention of its obligations under European conventions”.

The European lawmakers told Anastasiades, who completed a three-day working visit in Moscow on Tuesday and held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that they were “surprised and disheartened” over the island’s lack of action in investigating a tax theft exposed by lawyer Sergei Magnitsky nine years ago, “despite millions of dollars of those proceeds having been laundered through Cyprus”.

“Cyprus has not prosecuted those involved in the $230m (€198m) fraud and money laundering despite the evidence of them holding assets in Cyprus,” the MEPs said. “Cyprus has stalled or significantly delayed mutual legal assistance to other EU countries which have been conducting investigations into the $230 million money laundering, most significantly France where it took two years for Cyprus to respond”.

“Finally, at the same time as Cyprus is neglecting its obligations to investigate this crime and money laundering, Cyprus has been actively assisting the Russian government in politically motivated proceedings against Browder, the main person who is advocating for justice for Magnitsky,” who died in a Russian prison a year later after the police officials he implicated in the case arrested him and subjected him to torture, they said.

Browder filed last month an application for an emergency injunction at the Nicosia District Court in an attempt to force Cypriot authorities to stop their cooperation with Russia in a case launched against him after he successfully advocated the adoption of legislation in the US targeting Russian nationals involved in Magnitsky’s death. The next hearing is set for November 6.

Putin raised the issue with Anastasiades in their recent meeting and reportedly said that a satisfactory decision would help cooperation with Cyprus whose economy is reliant on Russia.

In 2014, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution asking member states to adopt similar legislative measures like the US Magnitsky Act of 2012, and not to cooperate with Russia’s government in its vendetta against Browder.

“While every other European country, Interpol and the Council of Europe have deemed the Russian proceedings against Browder to be politically motivated, your country has taken a contrary position, and agreed to provide assistance to a Russian politically-motivated process, clearly in violation of your obligations under the rule of law,” the deputies said.

They include Ana Gomes, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Marju Lauristin and Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar of the socialist faction, the conservatives Anna Fotyga and Monica Macovei, the liberals Maite Pagazaurtundua Ruiz, Petras Austrevicius and Fredrick Federley, the greens Rebecca Harms and Judith Sargentini, and Christofer Fjellner, Bendt Bendtsen, Lars Adaktusson, Laima Andrikiene, Gunnar Hokmark and Sandra Kalniete of the European Peoples Party to which Disy, Anastasiades’s party is part of.

“We were appalled to learn that Cyprus agreed to cooperate with the Russian government in the case against Browder despite the evidence of the high level of political direction and the political nature of those proceedings having been recognized internationally, including by the Council of Europe,” they said. “The Magnitsky case is the most emblematic case of corruption and human rights abuse in Russian modern history. The conduct of Cyprus in this case will have implications that go far beyond this case”.

Five years ago, when Cyprus was facing its worst fiscal and banking crisis in its history, euro area members declined to bail out Cypriot banks on the grounds that the banks helped Russian oligarchs launder ill-gotten gains.

The letter, also sent to European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová, the presidents of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi and the European Banking Authority (EBA) Andrea Enria and Santiago Otamendi, president of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), is available here:

 

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Stelios Orphanides is a journalist at CyprusBusinessMail.com. To contact Stelios Orphanides: [email protected]

  • Jeremy Rigg

    “Nasty”, when you are in a hole, stop digging!

    • Neroli

      Are you referring to Tricky Niki?!

  • Pullaard

    The EU should throw Cyprus out, simple as that. The irony of the anti-Colonial and Turkish sentiment in these columns is the buffoons can’t see they’re being colonised and taken over in an alternative manner. Within 20 years Cypriots will be speaking Russian, forget about Greek and Turkish, which will be long after I’ve left these shores, so it won’t affect me, but the gods help the next few Cypriot generations. Russia will have them by the proverbials.

    • Peter G

      Absolutely, the EU should throw Cyprus out, if that will make you happy. Will that make you happy? What else would make you happy?

      • Roc.

        What are you smokin, make some sence

        • Peter G

          Pullaard said the EU should throw Cyprus out. I agreed, if that will contribute to his happiness. I don’t smoke and I am truly sorry you can’t follow a thread. Is there some physical or chemical impediment to your comprehension?

          • Roc.

            Cyprus should not be thrown out, I made my view as to why in other replies,

            You seem to think that this is a crime of the century to warrant Cyprus being kicked out of the EU, I should suggest delve more into other countries that are in the EU and the EU itself, unless you have other motives of wanting Cyprus out, which I have a feeling you do.

          • Peter G

            !!!???!!! You are confused, my boy/εσυγχίστικες αγόρι μου.

          • Roc.

            Your statement “Absolutely, the EU should throw Cyprus” thats BS and you know it, and stop playing dumb unless you are.

          • Peter G

            You have no grasp of irony, do you? Too, subtle for you. That’s OK. There’s a place for you, too.

          • Roc.

            Here this is for your education , taken from the number source news outlet from the UK, the most corrupt countries in the Europe, so why dont you start by having them thrown out, it also seems you cannot argue my point, nothing Typical from your kind.

            Croatia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece, between 6% and 29% of respondents said they had been asked for a bribe, or had been expected to pay one, in the past 12 months.
            There were also high levels of bribery in Poland (15%), Slovakia (14%) and Hungary (13%),

          • Peter G

            You are stupid! Please leave me out of youρ hallucinations and direct your comments to Pullaard. Πόσες φορές να σου πώ, ρε μαλάκα.

          • Roc.

            The only stupid person here is you, you made a statement about throwing out Cyprus from the EU and I given you reason why they should not and that those that did money launder should be prosecuted

            I given you comparisons with other EU countries that have committed much more scandalous crimes of finance and you cannot even comment on it.

            This shows you cannot debate or know you been put in a corner,
            in any-case I dont give a four x about you, I made my points about your stupid comment, lets leave at that.

            ,

          • Whazzzzzzup

            Peter was using irony as a response to Pullard’s comment which you have not understood.

          • Roc.

            But he as did Pullard agreed that Cyprus should be kicked out from the EU, to which I put my point across why they should not and those that committed this fraud should have criminal charges brought against them, I not condoning what happen.

          • almostbroke

            Do you ever meet Costa in London ?

          • Roc.

            why don’t you get to the point of your question rather than dance around it

          • Whazzzzzzup

            He was agreeing ironically not in practice…anyway Cyprus just needs to act accordingly as an EU member and get out of bed with Putin. Russia is only interested in Cyprus for two reasons..counter intelligence and money laundering and definitely not for our halloumi.

          • Roc.

            I agree Cyprus might be leaning towards more with the Russian, but then its a partitioned small country so what does one expect???? you think the UK is not in bed with the Saudi’s or Turkey with China? and lets not forget the EU is one massive corrupt regime, that only serves the bankers and financial institutions and the Conglomerates companies.

            Here for your reading, investigate that.

            Amazon paid just £15m in tax on European revenues of £19.5bn .

            Why must Apple repay Ireland €13bn in back taxes? .

          • Whazzzzzzup

            And which is the lesser evil? We cannot please everyone and we have made our choice…so which one is it?

          • Roc.

            All are evil, but that how the world turns around, I would think their are not many countries that are squeaky clean, this is how the world turns,
            capitalism or Communism pick your evil.

          • Whazzzzzzup

            I’ll stick to the European family every time rather than a gang of comrades.

          • Roc.

            But you thinking for the old soviet block, you need to see through that now Russian is a capitalistic country playing by the same rules as the others, look at the world as a chess board, Cyprus ,Malta, Gibraltar, being the pawns and the USA,Russian China being the queens and kings, followed by the Germany ,France Turkey Ect being the , castles,rooks and horses.

          • Evergreen

            A wise and a pragmatic approach:)

          • Whazzzzzzup

            I know where my loyalties lie 🙂

          • Evergreen

            Great:)

          • Roc.

            what rubbish HT

          • Neroli

            High Tide isn’t here – yet

          • Neroli

            Good comment

          • Evergreen

            Exactly.

    • Neroli

      Cyprus the big laundrette for Russia! It’s what I said the other day on this article, cyprus should make up its mind if it wants to be in the EU or a state of Russia!

      • Peter G

        As should Germany, of course. The Brits don’t count because they are on their way out, cut off their nose to spite their face.

        • Neroli

          Don’t worry yourself about the Brits, worry yourself about your country -Cyprus a de facto colony of Russia

          • Peter G

            Who says I care diddly about the Brits? And how do you know what my country is. That’s a cheeky presumption on your part. But I suppose you are speaking from your nether regions, again, front or back, who knows.

          • Roc.

            And what is North Cyprus, a province and puppet of Turkey huh? if it asks jump the North say how high, so going by your saying I know what side I would prefer to be on, you speak as a typical hypocrite.

          • Cyprus

            Cyprus has been a colony of one country or another for thousands of years so its no change were used to it . One of the biggest money launderers the world has ever seen bought Chelsea fc and he gets the the royal treatment in the UK

          • Neroli

            But he hasn’t bought a UK passport!

          • Evergreen

            I do not think any one can buy a UK or a USA passport. I m well aware both these countries have a process and everyone has to follow it. Its not something like russian passports granted by cyprus nowadays . Its unique and highly objectionable here.

          • Neroli

            I’m not sure what happens in the US I think it’s hard enough to get a green card!

          • Evergreen

            In USA one has to prove /establish ones’credentials and disclosure of source of income is mandatory. Then their interview techniques are very sophisticated. I believe UK has a good process too as my some friends got citizenships there and they had to pass through a process. Though my view is that people who fled from here in 1974 passed through a lenient process and therefore north london is full of cypriots .

          • Cyprus

            He does not need or want one at the moment he does not queue up at pass port control he gets the red carpet treatment when he goes to the UK my guess he will get one when the charges against him are proven as they are pending back home .

      • Roc.

        You sound as if the finance world is fair and honest and only Russian and Cyprus plays these games, you should educate yourself more and see that most of the EU countries and other delve in this behavior, even Turkey.

        • Neroli

          I’m obviously more educated than you and am referring to this article which is concerning Cyprus and it’s money laundering , not other EU countries and Turkey!

          • Peter G

            More educated at what? Staring at the ceiling and counting to ten, hoping it will pass?

          • Roc.

            what planet are you on, of course EU in significant in my comments, its 17 members that wrote a letter, thats 2% and your saying? read below.

            “make up its mind if it wants to be in the EU or a state of Russia!”

            Mate if all the countries were investigated from the EU all would be kicked out so stop trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill,

          • Evergreen

            you are educated in the subject you are dealing with. The other commentator is ignorant one making such a judgement.

        • Iron mike

          Did not hear about the President of Azerbaijan laundering billions through the HSBC bank in London why don’t these critics of Cyprus write about that Unfortunately it happens everywhere and in the real world Cyprus has to look after her own interests

      • Evergreen

        I think,Cyprus has made up her mind as one can see in latest trip of Mr.A to Russia . It is EU who needs to make her mind now.

        • Neroli

          I agree!

    • Roc.

      let me ask you a question what country are you from and lets how they fair up stop being a moron , From your statement sounds like the crime of the century, or is you have hidden undertones and hate Cyprus,

      • Pullaard

        Born in the UK, lived on the Continent for most of my life, tax payer in Cyprus for 13 years, widely travelled and, yes, fully aware of the corruption in the UK, EU and just about everywhere else. But, for a formerly cash rich little island nation of less than 1m people, Cyprus holds the record on European corruption. Much of which now emanates from Russia. No, I’m not anti-Russian, no I’m not a Brit who thinks we did everything better, no I’m not anti-Europe (I’ve lived there for 40 years); yes, I support all Cypriots in their wish to be Cypriots, yes I deplore the Turkish flag in Nicosia, yes I deplore also the Greek flags hung everywhere. I don’t even know why I’m replying to such as Roc, except that it’s people like you, sad little nobodies, who have made this forum less and less enjoyable for those of us who genuinely want to air our views. My apologies to the more intelligent of our commentators for replying to this worm, but sometimes, to my regret, one’s anger is best aimed at schmucks.

    • Evergreen

      I agree. If you live in South, you must have observed it in super markets and other shopping outlets that most of Cypriots now try to speak russian and treat them like god on this earth. It s not something normal an will have its far reaching impact on social life here.It will lea to a unresistant surrender to Russia eventually.

      • Iron mike

        Can you write in plain English please I don’t understand the pompous convoluted language that you write

        • Evergreen

          Meanings are conveyed!!!

          • Iron mike

            I am sorry to say that you do not convey any meaning at all but it’s all very gibberish

  • Douglas

    This unusual visit by the head of a EU Country to meet the Russia President has clearly raised many concerns within the EU Government,it would be interesting to know the purpose of the visit and what was achieved.

    • Peter G

      Perhaps those concerns should be communicated to German Ambassador Franz Josef Kremp in person at 10 Nikitaras Street,1080 Nicosia, Cyprus; by mail at P.O. Box 25705,1311 Nicosia, Cyprus; by telephone at (+357) 22 451 145 or (+357) 22 451 146; or by e-mail at info[at]nikosia[dot]diplo[dot]de. Who knows what nefarious plot German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier may have been hatching when he visited last week. I’m sure the return of the Lutheran Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul to the Lutherans was just a ruse, a cover, for who knows what. Perhaps the inquiry could be directed to Herr Steinmeier directly, by mail at Spreeweg 1, 10557 Berlin, Germany; by telephone at (+49) (0)30 2000 0; or e-mail at bundespraesidialamt[at]bpra[dot]bund[dot]de.

      • Martin Standage

        I worries me why you keep defending Putins regime or trying to make excuses for it?Maybe you have some vested interests or connections?

        • Peter G

          Sorry for the delay in response, Martin. I missed this.

          Well, I really didn’t defend Putin, now, did I? Douglass thought that the visit by an unspecified “head of a EU Country to meet the Russian President” should raise “many concerns within the EU Government [sic].” Since German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had just visited Moscow, I “assumed” that Douglas was referring to him in order to demonstrate that Anastasiades was not the only EU president paying Putin a visit.

  • Didier Ouzaid

    Well, the minister of Justice got verbal assurance from some Russian deputy official that the prosecution wasn’t politically motivated.

    What else do these MEPs need? These unbiased words ought to be sufficient…

  • Whazzzzzzup

    Most of the Greek speaking community have been brainwashed into believing that the Russians are our modern day saviour and that Turkey will get it’s comeuppance through the prophecy’s of Elder Paisios’ Prophecies on Russia-Turkey Conflict (Γέροντα Παϊσίου)…so no surprise here that our President is so capitulating.

    • AnalogMind

      Elder Pastitsio? What’s that? a new dish?

      • Whazzzzzzup

        Look it up if in doubt…but yes does sound like some nutty desert.

  • Peter G

    I don’t know, 17 MEPs, out of 751, that’s what (I’m bad at arithmetic) 2%, a statistical insignificant error. And the ringleader, of course, is Ana Gomes, who ignored at home in Portugal resolved to make trouble abroad.

  • Paranam Kid

    Tiny Cyprus getting dragged into the US’s Russia-gate affair for wont of having nothing better to, or rather, wanting to divert attention from their own shortcomings.

  • Veritas

    It’s quite obvious that Cyprus has not succeeded in removing its reputation as a place of money laundering, which really took of during the Balkan wars, when Mr Slobodan Milosevic smuggled huge amounts of money to Cyprus with the kind assist of our late President Tassos Papadopoulos, despite a UN ban. Still, Cyprus is used for this murky business mentioned by the MEP’s and as well as in some cases when non-EU citizens want to obtain Cyprus citizenship. In general, banks in most democratic countries are still suspicious regarding large money transfers from Cyprus.
    Cyprus is not alone among EU states (England for example, is a much bigger fish in this respect), but as a small country we can’t afford to keep this reputation if we want to build up a solid economy and attract serious investors.

    • Roc.

      Exactly right, its nothing new in all countries, this goes on, but you only hear about it when you caught with your hand in the cookie jar, am not saying its right but those that conspired in Cyprus should have criminal charges brought against them,

      But all this BS I’m reading that Cyprus should be kicked ect ect, are just the normal ROC bashers have a dig at Cyprus, when them its peter cried wolf.

      • Veritas

        You must distinguish between fair and correct criticism, which we should adhere to and correct and unfair views.
        Cyprus has a problem with money laundering and it’s wrong to neglect it by referring to the same problem in other countries.
        For the records, to insist that it happens in all countries is to exaggerate a little bit.

    • Evergreen

      Well said. Your last paragraph is pragmatic.

      • Roc.

        Can I ask, do you have a view of your own and can you comment rather than always following the sheep leaders?

    • Vladimir

      “,,,attract serious investors” to what??
      Cyprus doesn’t have anything, it positions itself as low-tax jurisdiction within EU which attracts doggy guys, while on the other side always upsets EU states.
      All those Marinas are hugely overpriced and I don’t know any investors who in the past got their money back, let alone any return on their investments. Procrastinations with obtaining Title Deeds mainly aimed at extorting additional commissions from buyers, further reduces attractiveness of real-estate sector in the Island.
      So, Cyprus is doomed to remain in its capacity for good as nothing can be seriously changed. Not surprisingly, Cyprus keeps gaining negative international reputation.

      • Veritas

        Read my last para once again.
        RoC need a complete change of attitude in all fields.

        • Vladimir

          It would be much easier to get rid of all Cypriots than to change their attitude which has already merged with their DNA… Cyprus without Cypriots would be a better place, like a paradise…

          • Veritas

            Your comment is an example of the poor standard of comments that we too often find on this forum. It has nothing to do with the article. Instead it’s a racist attack on all Cypriots.
            What’s your nationality by the way? Would be interesting to know.

          • Vladimir

            racist attack on all Cypriots? so many nations and people disregarding you cannot be wrong, which in turn suggests you must be doing something really upsetting… I’m Russian, BTW.

          • Veritas

            Since you’re from Russia, an undemocratic, corrupt country and hardly known for any positive acknowledgement from most countries, you should speak with very small letters before you criticize other countries.
            Unfortunately, many in Cyprus have been seduced by dubious Russian money, being the main reasons of our somewhat tarnished reputation.

          • Vladimir

            Yeah, I know, our money enslaved you – I am your Boss))

          • Martin Standage

            The same could be said of many other countries too!

    • Martin Standage

      As one of my closest Russian friends said the other day,it is frightening what kind of Russians are using Cyprus to manipulate their often dubious assets…

  • Roc.

    Almostbroke thinks he is clever, he writes a post but cannot reply, sign of an idiot and your encouraging him, I have to laff at both of you 🙂

    • Neroli

      I’m glad we’ve brightened your day in grey London!

  • Evergreen

    A positive action.

  • AnalogMind

    Let me ask you a simple question: Say, you are the Russian guy who owns the Monaco football team and you don’t like Putin and therefore you can’t return to Russia but you still love your country and want to help her financially. You then deposit the funds you can’t directly deposit to Russia because it would be confiscated, to a Cypriot account from which the money goes back to Russia as a direct foreign investement. What’s wrong with this and why is this money landering?

    • Martin Standage

      And from where did you get the money to buy the Monaco football team anyway??

      • AnalogMind

        Not from Cyprus for sure. Are you saying the bloke that owns Chelsea or Man City got their money from Cyprus. Cyprus is a temp deposit place.

  • Mountainman

    Browder is accused of violating Russian restrictions on the ownership of certain equities by non Russian nationals, of not paying his taxes, and laundering money on an industrial scale.

    Curiously Russia is universally condemned as evil…. strange as it is the USA and NATO, not Russia that have been spreading death and destruction through the Middle East and North Africa.

    Cyprus follows and implements European anti-money laundering regulations with the diligence required of all European states.

    The UK, France, Germany provide safe haven for Russian criminals like Zakayev, Berezovsky, and many others who murdered and stole vast sums.

    Iam of the opinion that the MEPs are the ones who are politically motivated. Browder should be extradited to stand trial. If has nothing to hide he should go voluntarily.

    • Muffin the Mule

      You mean Russia has been watching from a distance in Syria?

      • Mountainman

        Russia was invited by Syria to assist them against the invasion of US backed IISIS, and the US themselves whose military literally invaded Syrian territory. Unlike the US/NATO duo Russia did not invade Iraq, Libya, Niger, Somalia, Grenada or Syria and wreak the mayhem that has led to Europe having to cope with millions of refugees whose homelands have been destroyed by American bombs. However the US/NATO propaganda machine continues to paint Russia as the bad guys. They obviously succeed with some people.
        Why can’t the Cypriots hold talks with the Russians and pursue criminals wanted by Russia? I can assure you if it was an Interpol warrant issued by The EU/USA seeking to bring a criminal to justice it would not get withdrawn. Double stsndards?

    • Martin Standage

      But for Putin and his cronies to launder billions is quite o.k?Anyone who dares to investigate it will end up like Sergei Magnitsky…

      • Mountainman

        Evidence?

        • Martin Standage

          Se the report in the Moscow Times on-line last week for a start!

  • Kibristan

    Nik has finally stuck his hand too far as far as these MEPs are concerned. Not long before we hear how it’s all someone else’s fault.

    • Roc.

      You Cyprus bashing again 17 MEPs when their are 751 MEPs , that speaks for itself.

      • Kibristan

        My dear little troll. What took you so long.

      • Iron mike

        Exactly

  • Roc.

    Seems “evergreen” is cloaked at the Mr Hightide

  • Costas Apacket

    I can’t believe that Cyprus, purest of the pure, would get ever involved in something shady, even if it does involve their current religious deity, money.

  • kypselian

    empty allegations

    • cyprus observer

      Lol. How naive.

      • kypselian

        cyprus is applying the EU anti money laundering directives. Turkey in the other hand has been on the FATF list of countries who are not complying with the task force anti money laundering recommendations… just like iran, north korea and panama.

        • Nemisis

          So you resort to obfuscation…The first refuge of the guilty, and very Cypriot in nature

          • kypselian

            tanka

        • Naci Rizaoglu

          What does Turkey have to do with the article. It is clear that Cyprus is corrupt and a safe heaven for Serbian and Russian criminal activity. Shame on you for being part of an EU. You should be immediately expelled from the EU for being such a rouge state

          • kypselian

            wishful thinking

          • Evergreen

            Unfortunately it’s true.

      • kypselian

        woooh

  • Muffin the Mule

    Cyprus, sadly, remains a hot bed of illicit and laundered money. It prostitutes itself to the highest bidder.

    • Vladimir

      And will be always prostituting itself… it’s Cyprus fate!

      • Martin Standage

        Didn’t Mitsotakis once describe Cyprus as the ‘whore of the Mediterranean!!’

  • Vladimir

    After upsetting EU members, Cypriot politicians state that Cyprus problem (partition) is EU problem, i.e. trying to escalate it to EU level to make EU to do the job for Cypriots. LOL!!

  • ScousersAreShemales

    Russia has Cyprus by the balls, but it was Cyprus who handed their balls to Putin in the first place

    • Martin Standage

      This exactly my point and we will soon see how Anastassiades will handle his predicament???

  • Martin Standage

    As I copy- posted a few days ago,an international report suspects that Putin and his cronies have already stolen an eye-watering $24 billion from the Russian sate !Yet anyone who dares to investigate or expose this risks what happened to Sergey Magnitsky:Bill Browders case has these crooks seething with anger after sanctions on them were applied by Western Countries and this is why they are desperate for Cyprus not to co-operate with Interpol.Putins remark that he expects a ‘favourable outcome’ from Cyprus is an ominous threat to Anastassiades that there will be consequences otherwise……..As one of my closest Russian friends told me yesterday at the end of one of his short visits to Cyprus which he makes regularly for holidays after knowing the island for many years, it is very sad and even dangerous, how the island has become entangled with the kind of people there who are hated by the majority of decent Russians who regard them as no more than sophisticated criminals who are using the island to manipulate their often dubious assets.If the Cyprus government caves in to Putins demands it will be a very bad reflection internationally on this country!

  • Naci Rizaoglu

    Cyprus has become a safe heaven for Russian criminals and the politicians in the South are loving it.