MEPs demand Cyprus open up over Russia money laundering
30 Oct 2017

EU Observer

MEPs have urged Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades to “correct” the mishandling of a Russia corruption case.

The 17 deputies voiced “grave concern” in a letter to Nicosia on Friday (26 October) that Cyprus was “actively assisting” Russia in “politically-motivated proceedings” against Bill Browder, a British human rights campaigner.

They also called on Cyprus to hold an investigation into alleged Russian money laundering via Cypriot banks.

They said Cyprus was “neglecting its duties under the European directives to combat money laundering”.

“The conduct of Cyprus … will have implications that go far beyond this case,” they said.

The European Parliament has no power to compel Cyprus to act.

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