In Cyprus, the names of 34 high-risk gold passport holders were disclosed. There are Russians among them
The Cypriot newspaper Politis has published the names of 34 holders of “golden passports” issued in Cyprus in 2008-2012.
In total, 141 people received Cypriot citizenship in exchange for investments during this period. In 34 cases, entrepreneurs from Russia, Ukraine and Syria, as well as their family members, received passports – all of them were in the “high risk” group, were under investigation or worked in companies subject to sanctions or administrative fines.
The list includes 24 citizens of Russia, in particular, among them are mentioned:
- Mikhail Kuzovlev, First Deputy Head of VEB.RF;
- Alexey Ushamirsky, chairman of the board of the VID group of companies;
- Leonid Lebedev, a former senator from Chuvashia and co-owner of the Sintez group;
- Anton Belobragin, owner of the Spar chain and the Tula Meat Processing Plant;
- Igor Shatalov, Member of the Board of Directors of Belgazprombank and First Deputy Head of the Financial and Economic Department of Gazprom;
- Alexander Frolov, co-owner and president of the metallurgical company Evraz;
- Igor Kesaev, owner and president of the Mercury group of companies ;
- Alexey Matveev and Alexander Muranov – Deputy Chairmen of the Management Board of Gazprombank;
- Grigory Berezkin, owner of the ESN group of companies.
The list also includes Ukrainian businessmen Igor Kolomoisky, Gennady Bogolyubov and Elena Gaiduk.
In November 2019, the Cypriot authorities revoked 26 “golden passports” issued to foreigners in exchange for investments. It was about people suspected of financial crimes or “ties with authoritarian governments.” Cyprus citizenship, in particular, was stripped of nine Russians. According to unconfirmed reports, they included the former co-owner of Promsvyazbank Dmitry Ananiev and businessman Oleg Deripaska (their representatives denied this).