Cyprus Wants to Revoke the Golden Passports of 34 Millionaires and their Families

Кипр хочет аннулировать "золотые" паспорта у 34 миллионеров и членов их семей
7 September 2020 Liza Medvetskaya
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The current President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, sent to political leaders a secret list with the names of suspicious individuals who received Cypriot passports under the Cypriot Citizenship by Investment program during the reign of Demetres Christofias, from 2008 to 2012.

According to the document, 34 out of 141 applicants received citizenship (25%). At the same time, despite the fact that they all belonged to the "high risk group".

In other words, they were involved in criminal cases, defendants in court proceedings, convicted of serious crimes (including for bribes or tax evasion), were wanted.

In turn, if the allegations of the Qatari edition of Al Jazeera are confirmed, the percentage of applicants will exceed 36%, i.e. the list will be replenished by another 17 people.

It is worth noting that in his message to political leaders, Nikos Anastasiadis noted several important points:

  • The control mechanism for the applicants (Cypriot police, Iterpol and Europol) was not envisaged until 10 October 2011
  • Until January 2011, control over compliance with financial criteria was carried out only by the Ministry of Finance. It is noteworthy that the information collected by the government and transmitted by the president to political leaders only concerns the period of Christofias' reign and does not include the time when Thassos Papadopoulos was president, from 2007 to 2008.


By the way, the official representative of the government, Kyriakos Kousios, said that if the General Secretary of the Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus (AKEL) wishes, he can publish the materials to the public. However, Andros Kyprianou refused to do this, shifting the responsibility to the government.

Be that as it may, the information still leaked to the media.

The Cypriot newspaper Politis named 34 people with so-called golden passports issued to foreigners in exchange for investment. The published list includes the investors themselves and their family members. It is noted that the names of these people are associated with theft of funds, money laundering and other financial violations.

Among them are:

  • Mikhail Kuzovlev is the first deputy head, member of the board of the state corporation VEB.RF. Received Cypriot citizenship on September 7, 2008
  • Alexey Ushamirsky is Chairman of the Board of the VID Group of Companies. Received Cypriot citizenship on March 23, 2009
  • Ukrainian billionaire Igor Kolomoisky, his wife Irina Kolomoyskaya and daughter Angelica Kolomoiskaya. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on March 6, 2010
  • Gennadiy Bogolyubov is a co-founder and co-owner of the Privat financial and industrial group. Received Cypriot citizenship on March 6, 2010
  • Konstantin Grigorishin is the head of the Energy Standard Group. Received Cypriot citizenship on April 1, 2011


  • Rami Makhlouf is a Syrian businessman, cousin of the incumbent President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, and his wife Razan Othman. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on April 1, 2011
  • Leonid Lebedev is an ex-senator from Chuvashia and co-owner of the Sintez group. Received Cypriot citizenship on March 3, 2011
  • Yan Abramov is businessman, owner of the IMC machine-tool plant, shareholder (20%) New Weapon Technologies. Received Cypriot citizenship on March 3, 2011
  • Anton Belobragin is the owner of the Spar retail chain and the Tula Meat Plant. Received Cypriot citizenship on April 29, 2011
  • Igor Shatalov is a member of the Board of Directors of Belgazprombank and First Deputy Head of the Financial and Economic Department of Gazprom. Received Cypriot citizenship on June 29, 2011


  • Igor Makarov is President of the Areti international group of companies. Received Cypriot citizenship on June 14, 2011
  • Grigory Berezkin is the owner of the ESN group of companies, a member of the board of directors of Russian Railways, as well as his wife Elena Berezkina. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on August 8, 2011 and May 1, 2012
  • Alexander Frolov is the co-owner, president, chairman of the board of directors of the metallurgical company Evraz. Received Cypriot citizenship on December 14, 2012
  • Vitaliy Gaiduk is a former secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and co-owner of the Industrial Union of Donbass corporation together with his wife Alena Gaiduk. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on January 30, 2014 and December 14, 2012, respectively


  • Alexander Bondarenko is the former first vice president of the Russian-Venezuelan Eurofinance Mosnarbank, as well as his wife Olga Tulyakova. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on May 16, 2012 and January 10, 2012, respectively
  • Vladimir Stolyarenko is a financier, former manager of the St. Petersburg branch of Imperial Bank, former chairman of the board of Eurofinance Bank, senior vice president, as well as his wife Alfiya Stolyarenko and daughter Valeria Stolyarenko. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on May 16, 2012, May 10, 2012 and September 1, 2013, respectively
  • Igor Kesaev is the owner and president of the Mercury group of companies, which includes, among other things, the tobacco distributor of the Megapolis Group of Companies, the Dixy retail chain and the Mercury Development developer. Received Cypriot citizenship on May 25, 2012


  • Sasha Persovsky is a member of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Received Cypriot citizenship on December 25, 2012
  • Alexey Matveev and Alexander Muranov are Deputy Chairmen of the Management Board of Gazprombank. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on August 30, 2012 and November 28, 2012, respectively
  • Lyudmila Kogan is the general director of BFA-Development and the widow of the former owner of Uralsib Bank, who inherited 81.8% of the credit institution, as well as her late husband Vladimir Kogan and son Yefim Kogan. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on January 23, 2013, November 10, 2012 and January 23, 2013, respectively


Кипр хочет аннулировать


  • Tatyana Korsakova is the founder of the Dobroserdie charitable foundation. Received Cypriot citizenship on November 10, 2012
  • Mikhailo Kiperman is a well-known Ukrainian businessman, owner of the Optima Oil oil company and a gas station chain, as well as his wife, a young Odessa model Alena Gaivanenko. Obtained Cypriot citizenship on March 1, 2012 and June 27, 2016, respectively.
Source: politis.com.cy
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