Browder’s lawyer pledges to prove Cypriot-Russian ‘love affair’

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By Stelios Orphanides

Nicosia District Court is expected to decide by April 16 at the latest whether it will accept Bill Browder’s request to file a supplementary affidavit that aims to prove the Cypriot government is cooperating with that of Russia, his lawyer said.

Christos Pourgourides, Browder’s lawyer, told the court on Wednesday that ‘the Minister of Justice or the President of the Republic is engaged in a love affair with the Russians and wants to serve them for their own objectives,’ the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported.

Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou, who has retained his position in the new cabinet, ‘should have rejected the Russians’ requests, taken seriously into account what other countries do, what the Council of Europe asked him to do, and evaluate the allegations of the Russians with disbelief,’ Pourgourides said according to CNA.

Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital investment fund, secured a court order banning the Cypriot government from cooperating with Russia in a probe against him.

He has spearheaded a campaign for justice for lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died nine years ago died aged 37 in a Russian prison after he reported the theft of $230 million (€188m) in taxpayers’ money. The police officers Magnitsky implicated in the case arrested him, subjected him to torture and deprived him access to medical treatment.

Browder’s actions, which resulted in convincing several countries – including the US – to pass legislation targeting the individuals and corporations deemed responsible for Magnitky’s death, angered Russian president Vladimir Putin. In response, he launched a probe against Browder. The Council of Europe asked member states not to cooperate with Russia in this investigation against the former investor on the grounds that it is politically motivated. Interpol has repeatedly ignored Russian arrest warrants against Browder.

In October, Nicolaou suspended cooperation with Russia pending the outcome of Browder’s application, which further angered the Russian government days before President Nicos Anastasiades visited Moscow.

Pourgourides added that while his side has no evidence of Cyprus’s ‘love affair’ with Russia, ‘we will try to prove this conclusion with circumstantial evidence’.

Browder’s side wants the court’s permission to file a supplementary affidavit after Attorney-general Costas Clerides objected to the issue of the order.

“Institutions provide for when additional evidence is permitted and when not,” said Theano Mavromoustaki, a lawyer for the Republic who represents the AG in the case, in a telephone interview. “In this case, it is not permitted.”

On Wednesday, she told the court that it should reject Browder’s application for a supplementary affidavit, adding that it is not up to his US lawyer Jonathan Winer, who in September provided the initial affidavit on which Browder’s application is based, ‘to argue at the court on how it should apply Cypriot law’.

Cyprus, a member of the European Union since 2004, has close ties with Russia and hosts a large Russian community. Russian firms and investors are a major source of revenue for the Cypriot legal, accounting and financial service providers, many of which also include applicants for the citizenship-for-investment scheme among their clients, who mainly invest in real estate. Around a quarter of tourists visiting Cyprus come from Russia.

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

  • Wanderer

    Looks like Browder is about to be declared a criminal in Cyprus as well as he is in Russia. What will it be in Cyprus I wonder? Guilty of conspiring to manufacture the 2013 haircut, pillaging every Cypriots’ home and coercing major developers to get themselves enormous non-performing loans?

    • ROC

      And your point is what, , that Cyprus is the only country that done this?

  • Mist

    1 supeona for a certain woman lawyer and the ” Dear Vlad” emails job done.

  • Disruptive

    This is not ‘love affair’, more ‘friends with benefits’…

    • Eve Frangoudis

      The best kind! Better then backstabbing ones!

    • ROC

      just as Turkey does, the best whore in the eastern med, dont you agree?

      • Eve Frangoudis

        Stop picking on the Turks the Greeks are as much to blame if not more!

        • Eve Frangoudis

          The prediction here is that the North will be stronger and better then the south! Too racist!

  • Blue knee

    Why not, as long as we get something for our hard earned efforts because it’s a waste of time sucking up to the Brits or the yanks. Never thought much of Russia but hey… the world morphs.

    • Neroli

      Why do you want to suck up to anyone? And what hard earned efforts apart from selling passports?

      • almostbroke

        Plenty of practice ‘sucking up to Greece ‘ only now the poor Greeks haven’t a ‘pot to pee in ‘ so as always ‘Business is business ‘ , so move on to another ‘madam ‘ ie Russia !

        • Neroli

          Quite right A

          • ROC

            then answer me what I wrote to him

        • ROC

          this what we have, we are the legitimate ROC, we, got all the time in the world to sort ourselves out, we proved that in 74, we are in the EU and we are free and we are pure Gcs’

          The North on the other hand, is been stuck in a cage for 44 years, no hope in hell of recognition , native Turks being wiped out, subsidied by Turkey because the North has no pot to pee in as you say, cannot make decisions until the organ grinder tell them when, and you have the next 44 years in the same predicament

          So now you tell me again WHO GOT NOTHING?

          • almostbroke

            Who cares about the North other than yourself who seem to be obsessed with that entity ! This is about Cyprus ‘changing horses ‘ from Greece to Russia because the Greeks are drowning in debt , self inflicted , I may add and the Greeks certainly would not be in the ‘passport ‘ for sale business that’s for dodgy rich Russians , in fairness there are a small cadre of people who are making a ‘killing ‘ facilitating the passport business with Mr A s office closely followed by Baby’s lawyer office , leading the charge !

          • ROC

            So your point is what? name me a country that does not play by the same rules, UK? Turkey? who? what makes Cyprus so exceptional to the others.

            So what if they sell a few passports to billionaires, they contribute to the economy, UK does it, so does the US,and 1000s of other countries.

            I trying to understand your point? because all I see is Gcs bashing, unless you can can explain to me whats different to any other country?

          • almostbroke

            Look if you cannot see it , now slowly , just for you ! Mr A s lawyer office , run by his daughters , Babydop s lawyer office , having made the transition from ‘facilitating ‘ Slavic despots in the past to ‘passports ‘ they seem to be the front runners in this ‘business ‘ we are not talking about costas the fisherman , Panyiota the house wife , Andreas the labourer , or Krystallla the hairdresser ! It’s the charlatans who run the country for their own use and benefit together with their cohorts . Don’t confuse the general population with the ‘few ‘

          • ROC

            So what? what have you proven that does not happen in the North, Turkey or anyone else, If had the means to check on any politicians I would find the same thing.

            but you still refuse to answer my question? what is your point? do not dance around my question

          • almostbroke

            Yes Theresa May is having serious problems with a Brexit strategy which should be more of a concern to you !in Cyprus What’ is different is that costas the firshernan and ‘ordinary ‘ Cypriots while never get within an asses roar of becoming an M P , candidate selection process sees to that , so the ordinary folks will never get access to to the ‘goodies ‘ on offer to those on the ‘inside track ‘ who have been ‘cleaning up ‘ for years at the expense of the Cypriot taxpayer !

          • Neroli

            No the UK does not sell passports

          • Eve Frangoudis

            Your hurting others with your ID robbing! Believe me hope you live to enjoy the person you robbed! Robbing this people for years and making sure they have nothing so they don’t come back now they all awake!

      • Blue knee

        Exactly, no real hard earned efforts. But sucking up happens and always has because we are small in the world of politics especially when one has an issue with many interfering parties. So the answer is, its unavoidable. If you disagree, do a course in world history.

    • Martin Standage

      sell your soul to the devil???

      • Eve Frangoudis

        When your in need……..

        • gentlegiant161

          Back to prostitution then that you were dismissive of earlier

          • Eve Frangoudis

            What about it!

          • gentlegiant161

            Pay the EU the money that kept you afloat then and leave .

          • Eve Frangoudis

            Leave from where I don’t live there! I was born there and live somewhere else I owe the EU sht they owe me for my property that was invaded while not living there!

          • gentlegiant161

            EU didn’t exist then so food luck with that .
            You applies to RoC in general ..pay the loan back then run to Russia.

          • Eve Frangoudis

            I don’t have to run to anyone! Smart people do business not try to forcefully own others!

          • ROC

            I think he has no idea what he talking about

          • ROC

            what are you smoking, why do less with the riddles and get to the point

          • Neroli

            The EU owe you nothing

          • Martin Standage

            Try asking Putin that if you come from Ukraine?

          • ROC

            Giant is an idiot, I confront him with his comments and he cannot answer them, I would take anything he says to you with a pitch of salt

          • ROC

            You must be an idiot do you know that, you slagging Cyprus but why dont you tell us what country your in, so I can make a comparison?

          • gentlegiant161

            Wben you grow up to be a moderator come back then son.

          • ROC

            you make all these assumptions and accusations but when someone asks you questions you clam up, what are you scared you cannot back up your comments????

          • Eve Frangoudis

            What about it! You should know more don’t you live there?

        • ROC

          what Cyprus is exceptional? are they

        • Martin Standage

          I doubt if the kind of Russians who have millions to spare are ordinary people-more like Putins cronies-or those who are fleeing from him??

      • Blue knee

        whooooooooo the devil. Hahahaha or would you rather we sold to the Brits and got some good old fashioned British foreign policy. Hey we are Cypriots, we have to sell something to someone why not the Russians. Did they trade Cyprus to the Turks like the B’s and Y’s, no, so what’s the issue. You feel left out?

        • Martin Standage

          No,just sorry for anyone who cannot understand the difference between someone such as Putin and the leaders of democratic countries,despite their faults!

          • Eve Frangoudis

            So your saying you want Cyprus to become Russian! My god in there everyone wants to own someone elses country must be very easy to live there with all the corruption! Some people cant be bought!

          • Martin Standage

            Quite the opposite-there are already FAR TOO MANY links between the Russian authorities and the Greek-Cypriot authorities which are suspicious or the Attorney General would not be hassling journalists about the Eleni Loizidou case?

          • Blue knee

            Like Trump or Bush seriously. I love your presidential tone too, so inspiring when you say stuff like ” The leaders of the free democrstic world”, haha who just reeked havoc across the entire Arab world effecting whole world. You sure you don’t want to ‘re think your words. You must be very young having such clarity and insight.

  • Unearned

    Its not a love affair. Its called ‘prostitution’!

    • ROC..

      No thats something that Turkey does with everyone, get it right

      • Neroli

        The article is about Cyprus and nothing on here about Turkey is there?

        • ROC

          dont be so stupid, there is no censorship as to what we can talk about,here we not a Turkish newspaper or run by dictators, you should be grateful your here and have the freedom of speech not like the North where you get your offices smashed or Turkey you get arrested

          • Neroli

            But we’re not discussing Turkey!!!!!!!

      • Mist

        Mos Graecorum?

    • Martin Standage

      Yes and practised by the leadership and his cronies in the political and economic establishment here

    • Eve Frangoudis

      its called business! But you uneducated morons like to play with names!

      • gentlegiant161

        You uneducated pllocks are sleepwalking into a dangerous arena you are not aware of.
        Try and figure out why all those countries occupied ran as fast as they could after the USSR collapsed if you can.
        Maybe it’s time the EU investigated the point of why you should remain a member.

        • ROC

          Were you born yesterday to politics and business?

        • Eve Frangoudis

          Who is a whatever that is I am a legal immigrant since the sixties! Here and a citizen there so go bark somewhere else!

    • ROC

      Some that Turkey seems to be the best at

    • ROC

      the best whore in the area, is the North and Turkey,

  • ROC..

    At the end of the day to all the Greek bashers that will come to have a good old moan bring it on, who really cares what a Turk/Anatolian thinks, they should be more worried as to how long the North going to be caged by the Turkey. if the ROC is coying up to Russian so be it,

    If it upsets the greek bashers lets have more of it. LOL

    • Mist

      Greek beds? Sorry wrong spelling of basha..

    • Neroli

      No ones ‘bashing’Greeks we don’t live in Greece. You say the same in every comment you make here! It’s very boring and childish

      • Evergreen

        True. Very correct actually.

        • ROC

          why dont you ever stand on your own and make your views known??? you always seem to be the passive troll?

      • ROC

        Well explain to me why you and the your gang, never seem to appear when an article come on CM in ref to something negative about Turkey or Turks, I monitored you and your gang of trolls, so spare me the charade your not that clever

        • almostbroke

          N- quake in your boots ! You are being ‘monitored ‘ ( from London ) by R O C .

          • gentlegiant161

            Which one though , two creepy ROCs for the price of one.

    • Martin Standage

      If you really knew anything about Putins regime and had personal experience of it like I do, you would not make such frivolous and ignorant remarks!Every day when i see how the Cypriots are brown-nosing this evil criminal and his cronies it makes me sick,especially when they keep moaning about Turkey violating Cyprus rights etcetc!

      • Neroli

        Thought the EU countries still had sanction agains Russia, does this not come into it?

      • ROC

        And you tell me who does not suck up to the superpowers? Turkey? they are the biggest whores in the region when it comes to sucking up,what the hell you except small countries to do , when your constantly being bullied?

  • Mist

    Typo.

  • Evergreen

    It does ‘nt surprise me.

  • #’~A*[email protected](>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^%

    Is a love affair not allowed? Isn’t the world of business & diplomacy all about building love affairs?

    • Neroli

      What about eu sanctions?

      • Martin Standage

        exactly!!!

      • #’~A*[email protected](>NRmm]w?dU4v!=^%

        What about them? Do they stiputale no “love affairs”?

  • John Aziz Kent Kent

    The Cyprus Repuplidc and Presıdent Anastasiades are well knowing good frıends ofRussıa and that ıs theır own affair ıt goes to show that
    Mr Anastasiades and the Greek Cyprıots could one day start to love their Neıghbours(TURKEY AND THE TURKISH CYPRIOTS ) It will save every
    Cyprıot Greek and Turkısh a lot of troubles and a better future . We ın the
    North really would lıke to feel and see that we can work play and
    İf the Church allows ıt even marry wıth each othe as other especıally mıxed countrıes do that ınstead of tryıng to fınd ways how to weaken
    Turkey and seperate the Turkısh Cypriots from the only country who saved all of US Greek and Turkısh Cyprıots escapıng the murderous Samson and the Junta ofGreece .(NOW LET US ALL FORGET AND FORGIVE THE HOORIBLE PAST) And work towards GREECE TURKEY theCYPRIOTS Greeks and Turkısh becomıng frıends and fınd a based on TRUTH faır and equal SOLUTION so that we and the regıon can all fınd peace and love for our people other wıse even wıth or wıth out any
    SOLUTION we stıll have to lıve near each other no body or any country ıs Movıng or goıng away from thıs regıon

    • Eve Frangoudis

      What the hell is wrong with being friends with other countries! All these people are friends in other countries only in ignorant you will find this! The extremists that lurk in other countries make it bad for everyone!

      • ROC

        Eve, most here are idiots, believe me

        • Neroli

          So go and comment in The Sun, and leave us in peace

  • Eve Frangoudis

    Selling someones ID passport etc is a federal offence. Your selling someones life you go to prison! That includes the president!