فضيحة:الرئيس ينذر اصدقائه بسحب ايداعاتهم قبل ازمة قبرص وهروب 5 مليارات

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2019.06.15 13:58

قبرص تدرس فرض ضريبة 25% على كبار المودعين في "بنك قبرص "

موقع"امواج"" يكشف اخر مستجدات الازمة القبرصية

الرئيس القبرصي انذر اصدقائه قبل 4 ايام بسحب ايداعاتهم قبل انفجار الازمة البنكية
الصحافة الايطالية تحدثت عن سحب 4,5 مليار يورو غادرت قبرص في الاسبوع السابق  لوقوع الازمة الاقتصادية
نشرت الديلي اون لاين تحقيقا عن الازمة القبرصية واخر المستجدات هي :


قبرص تدرس فرض ضريبة  25% على كبار المودعين في "بنك قبرص "
اعلن وزير المالية القبرصي ميخاليس سيريس إن بلاده تدرس فرض ضريبة بنحو 25% على الودائع التي تزيد على 100 ألف يورو (130 ألف دولار) في "بنك قبرص" أكبر بنوك البلاد.

وأضاف  سيريس أن تقدما كبيرا تحقق في المحادثات مع مسؤولي الاتحاد الأوروبي والبنك المركزي الأوروبي وصندوق النقد الدولي وأن المباحثات قد تختتم مساء يوم السبت.

 

Cypriot president warned his friends  to move money abroad before financial crisis hit: Leader under fire as he faces just FOUR DAYS to save country from collapse Italian media said 4.5 billion euros left the island in the week before the crisis Russias finance minister: Talks on new financial aid for Cyprus have failed Cyprus: Next few hours will determine the future of the country Russia has vast cash reserves in Cypriot banks Mrs Merkel warned that Cyprus partners may soon lose
Italian media said 4.5 billion euros left the island in the week before the crisis

By Allan Hall, James Chapman and Jill Reilly

 

Claims: Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiades warned close friends of the financial crisis about to engulf his country

Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiades warned close friends of the financial crisis about to engulf his country so they could move their money abroad, it was claimed on Friday.

The respected Cypriot newspaper Filelftheros made the allegation which was picked up eagerly by German media.

Germans are angry at the way their country has been linked to the Nazis and Hitler by Cypriots angry at the defunct rescue deal which called for a levy on all savings.

The Cyprus newspaper did not say how much money was moved abroad but quoted sources saying the president knew about the possible closure of the banks and tipped off close friends who were able to move vast sums abroad.

Italian media said the 4.5 billion euros left the island in the week before the crisis.

Meanwhile sources close to the roika - the IMF, ECB and EU Commission responsible for trying to create a viable rescue deal before Monday - said that attempts to put together a plan B rescue package had failed.

The coming hours will determine the countrys future, a government spokesman in Nicosia said.

Nearly a full week after the European Union agreed to a €10 billion rescue for the island country of one million people the Cypriot parliament still hasn approved any new deal.

 
 

Nicosia hoped to raise its €5.8 billion share of the bailout through a fund based on a portfolio of government assets. Early Friday afternoon, Greek TV station Skai-TV and the newspaper Ta Nea reported the troika has rejected the proposal following a meeting with president Anastasiades.

Troika officials reportedly told the leader it was unlikely the country could raise the funding shortfull with the plan.

Anger: Banking sector workers protest outside of the Cyprus parliament in Nicosia as lawmakers debate emergency legislation

 

Anger: Laiki bank employees bank react during a rally outside the Cypriot parliament

 

 

Out in force: Today Cypriot authorities were putting the final touches to a plan they hope will convince international lenders to provide the money the country urgently needs

 

 
 
 
 

Tension: A large number of depositors wait to withdraw money from Laiki Bank ATMs machine at a closed Bank of Laiki branch in Nicosia

Decisions: The European Commission delegation members led by EU commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (lefr) meet with Russian Government delegation led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (right) in Moscow

They are reportedly sticking to the demand that Cyprus impose a deposit tax, but only on accounts holding sums above €100,000.

German government patience is said to be wearing very thin, with Chancellor Merkel reportedly seething at seeing herself caricatured as Hitler on demonstrators placards in Cyprus.

At a special meeting of her party group in parliament on today Mrs Merkel warned that Cyprus partners may soon lose and that the country should ot try to test the troika.

News magazine Der Spiegegl said participants in the meeting quoted Merkel as saying that Cyprus appears not to have recognized that the business model it has used up until now has ended.

At the same time, she added: We want Cyprus to remain in the euro zone. She also said that she hopes the situation in Cyprus doesn lead to a crash.

Angry crowds demonstrated in Cyprus today as leaders battled to prevent total economic collapse in four days time.

Cypruss government urged lawmakers this afternoon to ake the big decisions -  MPs are due to start voting on a series of bills that aim to raise the funds the country needs to secure an international bailout before their emergency funding runs out on Monday, triggering a possible exit from the Euro.

The next few hours will determine the future of the country, government spokesman Christos Stylianides said in a televised statement before parliament was due to debate.

 
 
 

Discussions: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) talks with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble before discussing a Cyprus bailout plan today

 

Outraged protestors gathered outside parliament - Despo Pambaka, 28, a customer services manager at Laiki Bank told The Telegraph: I never expected this would happen. They are trying to take our lives, our money. Even in 1974 in the war (with Turkey) they didn rob us of our deposits. This is not the Europe that we went into. Germany showed her real face. We will not accept it.

This morning it emerged that British savers with  Laiki Bank could get the same deal as their Cypriot counterparts.

Laiki Bank, which has three UK branches is not covered by the FSA compensation scheme, unlike Bank of Cyprus, meaning their customers could be hit by the bank restructures.

Meanwhile Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras announced that a Greek banking group had begun acquiring the Greek units of Cypriot banks - this would safeguard all the deposits of Greek citizens in Cypriot banks.

Last night an emergency Bill submitted to parliament gave the finance minister or central bank governor the right to impose capital controls on banks – a ban on moving cash outside the country, which would be a serious blow to the single market.

The European Central Bank warned it may halt funding on Monday if Cyprus fails to come up with a viable rescue plan.

Smiles all round: Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso before their meeting

Tension: People wait in line to withdraw money from an ATM in Cyprus

 

Restocked: Cypriots still have access to cash for now as bank machines which were emptied at the weekend have been restocked

 
 

As horrified islanders faced new limits on cashpoint withdrawals and a ban on taking money out of the country, a poll showed more than two-thirds now want to leave the single currency and turn to Russia for help.

Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the financial crisis in Cyprus with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call this morning.

Downing Street said that Mr Cameron and Mr Putin agreed that they hoped a solution could be found to the crisis, but added that Cyprus took up only a small part of the 30-minute call, which also touched on Syria, the upcoming G8 and G20 summits in Northern Ireland and St Petersburg and BPs Arctic oil deal with Russian company 

There is growing concern that Germany’s attempt to strongarm the Mediterranean island, already blamed for undermining confidence in banks across the Continent, is turning into a geopolitical blunder of historic proportions.

Even if an emergency bank restructure – which could mean big deposit holders losing almost half of their savings – goes ahead, Cyprus will need to raise billions by next week to avoid collapse.

Anger: A Cypriot woman shouts slogans as she holds a placard during a protest against an EU bailout deal outside the parliament in Nicosia this week

With the country on the verge of bankruptcy, officials announced the banks would not reopen until next Tuesday while the country seeks a bailout

Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s cut its rating on Cyprus to CCC, which means it risks defaulting on its debts.

Russias prime minister says Moscow will only help Cyprus out financially if the countrys new money-raising measures get the backing of the European Union.

Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that Russia "hasn closed the door, hasn said `no to Cyprus.

His comments come after Cyprus finance minister left the Russian capital without a hoped-for deal.

Cypriot authorities are putting the final touches to a plan they hope will convince international lenders, including its European partners, to provide bailout money to avoid a bankruptcy within days.

Cyprus has until Monday to secure a deal after the European Central Bank warned it would stop providing the countrys banks with liquidity on that day if no package is agreed.

Russian depositors have huge sums in Cyprus’s banks, which critics say have become a haven for tax evasion and money laundering.

A poll for a Cypriot TV station showed that 67.3 per cent say the country should leave the euro and tighten relations with Russia, which is desperate to regain influence in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.

As extra police were drafted in to control angry crowds outside the parliament in Nicosia, protesters brandished placards reading ‘No to Fourth Reich’ and ‘Better die on your feet than live on your knees’.

The Bank of Cyprus, the country’s biggest bank, warned the island needed a ‘liquidity lifeline’ which would make the difference between ‘salvation or destruction’.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last night turned on Europe and accused EU countries of deliberately trying to wreck the Cypriot banking system for their own benefit

Cyprus Popular Bank announced limit on ATM withdrawals of 260 euros per customer. Banks, which have been shut all week to prevent mass withdrawals, are to stay closed until Tuesday.

Eurozone finance officials acknowledged being ‘in a mess’, and discussed imposing capital controls to insulate the region from a possible Cypriot collapse. One described emotions as running ‘very high’ and referred to ‘open talk’ of Cyprus leaving the eurozone.

In an unprecedented snub, Cyprus decided not to take part in a conference call with EU leaders.

‘If Cyprus does not even feel that they can attend the call it is a big problem for us,’ one French representative said.

 

It is thought that Cyprus’s ‘Plan B’ to avoid bankruptcy will mean depositors with account balances in excess of 100,000 euros would be hit hard. Cyprus Popular Bank and the Bank of Cyprus would be split to create a ‘bad bank’.

Insured deposits – below the EU ceiling of 100,000 euros, supposedly guaranteed in the event of a bank collapse – would go into a ‘good bank’ and not sustain losses, while uninsured deposits would go into the bad bank and be frozen until assets could be sold. Losses to depositors could reach 40 per cent.

John Cridland, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said last night that the proposal for a levy on bank deposits in Cyprus had ‘created a real mess’ and ‘undermined the confidence of ordinary depositors’.

He added: ‘The events are a stark reminder that not only has the eurozone crisis not gone away but also how much Europe and the eurozone countries in particular, are going through a period of rapid transformation.’

Asked if the bailout row would sour relations between Moscow and the EU, Sergei Aleksashenko, a former bank governor and now an economist at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, replied: ‘It’s not possible to damage what does not exist.’

 

Girls, dirty money and the fall of Russias playground in the sun

By Sue Reid

 

Special report from Sue Reid in Cyprus

The party was in full swing at the glitzy 7 Seas club on Wednesday. A hundred Russian girls turned up (as they always do) for the weekly Ladies’ Night, cavorting in Louboutin heels to loud music as they downed vodka cocktails, chilled Cristal champagne or both.

Without a care in the world and with Daddy’s credit cards in their pocket, they giggled as swarms of young Russian and Cypriot men in leather jackets and designer jeans chatted them up.

And when the music stopped at 3am, the rich young jet-set of the island’s seaside city of Limassol roared away in Porsches and Range Rovers to party the rest of the night away at million-pound mansions in the hills or swish, newly built apartments overlooking palm-fringed beaches.

 

End of the party? Without a care in the world, a hundred Russian girls turned up for the weekly Ladies Night at the 7 Seas club in Limassol, Cyprus, on Wednesday

 

Party time: Hundreds of Russian revellers enjoyed a night out at the 7 Seas nightclub, seemingly unaware of the impending financial meltdown that Cyprus is facing

 

As blonde Katy Mass, a 29-year-old Moscow-born divorcee and businesswoman who was spending an evening at the club with three Russian girlfriends, said simply: ‘Cyprus is heaven and we Russians love the sun. 

‘What happens next to our paradise island none of us know. But everyone is enjoying themselves while it lasts.’

The truth is that the fun might not last very long.

 

 

For Cyprus is on the verge of bankruptcy. Its banks are shut and 70 per cent of the island’s account holders (including many of the 50,000 Russians who live here) have applied to withdraw all their money if, and when, the banks ever open their doors again.

Cypriot MPs are terrified that foreign investors will leave the country. And by foreign investors, they mean the Russian oligarchs, businessmen and shadowy mafiosi who have flocked here over the past 20 years, buying up real estate, investing billions — and turning the place into a little Moscow.

Many Russians on the island are already packing their bags and putting what money they have into gold.

 
 
 

Night out: Tina Vali (left) and Dana Petite pose for the camera while Cyprus is on the verge of bankruptcy

 

The pair enjoy a joke at the bar in Limassol while 70 per cent of the islands account holders have applied to withdraw all their money if, and when, the banks ever open their doors again

As one of Limassol’s most successful jewellers, Armenian Raffi der-Garabedian, told me on Wednesday as the crisis unfolded: ‘Yesterday, I had one of my best days ever. Most of my customers are Russian ladies. They like good jewellery and will spend £4,000 at a time. 

‘But this week they were buying items for the gold. They know that if they put their money into gold instead of the bank, no one — not even Angela Merkel and the EU — can take it from them.’

His words were echoed by a pretty, dark-haired, 30-year-old Russian-born accountant who lives on the island. She warned: ‘Cyprus is in a suicidal situation.

Many Russians are scared they will lose everything, and I expect them — and their money — to leave the island.

‘Those who have real funds will never trust the Cyprus banking system or the EU again. There are plenty of other places for our rich to go: the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Luxembourg. This is a bad day for Cyprus. As a financial centre, the island’s reputation is ruined.’ 

Yet it is little surprise that over the past two decades Russian eyes have turned to Cyprus, a three-and-a-half hour flight from Moscow. 

Cypriot MPs (Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiades pictured) are terrified that foreign investors will leave the country

The two nations have a lot in common: importantly, a shared Orthodox religious faith and the Cyrillic alphabet.

But it was not only the sunshine that attracted them. As Russia’s elite grew rich after the fall of communism, the Cypriot authorities didn’t ask awkward questions about bank deposits or where the money came from (with interest rates of up to 6 per cent).

They did not even demand that the depositor had a visa.

There was the bonus of a flat tax rate of 10 per cent and automatic EU residency for anyone who bought a property priced at more than £275,000. 

Today, almost half of the £55 billion in the Cyprus banking system belongs to Russians.

EU finance chiefs are reluctant to give a bailout to an island that they suspect is a safe haven for billions of pounds of laundered cash each year and which benefits Russians operating on the wrong side of the law. A recent report in Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, based on an investigation by the country’s foreign intelligence agency, said most Russian money in Cyprus had been moved there illegally to evade Russia’s tax authorities.

Typically, the Russians cheat the system by putting their illegal money in anonymous ‘shell’ companies in Cyprus, taking advantage of the low rate of corporation tax, the discreet banks and a government that asks few questions of foreign investors.

‘The Russian mafia uses Cyprus extensively,’ said Hubert Faustmann, associate professor of European Studies at Nicosia University, recently. ‘That is one reason why Russia has no wish to see Cyprus go down economically.’

In the financial hub of Limassol, where 19,000 Russians have made their home, fur shops sell sable coats for £35,000 — even in the heat of the Mediterranean summer. 

Restaurants serve herring and caviar flown in from the Black Sea to suit the Slavic palate.

And the sour Russian yoghurt drink, kefir, is on sale in the seaside cafe-bars, along with Russia’s most popular beer, Baltika.

At private schools set up to cater for the newcomers, two-thirds of the children are Russian.

 

EU finance chiefs are reluctant to give a bailout to an island that they suspect is a safe haven for billions of pounds of laundered cash each year and which benefits Russians operating on the wrong side of the law

On the promenade, every other glossy boutique has a Russian name. There are two Russian radio stations and a growing number of Russian newspapers and magazines.

At a posh car rental company on the promenade, the Russian manager, 30-year-old Anna Lazova, offers a day’s hire of a Maserati or Aston Martin DB9 for £1,400. There are always plenty of takers — most of them Russian playboys.

A dazzling white building with two towers on the Limassol seafront — advertised as Cyprus’s first high-rise condominium with £1.7 million penthouse apartments and a walkway to a private beach — already has a handful of oligarchs in residence.

A few miles away, in the hills, there are wide avenues lined with orange trees where the Russians have built so many mansions it’s called ‘Moscow’s Mayfair’.

Has Cyprus become a sunny place for shady people? Natalia Kardash, editor-in-chief of Vestnik Kipra, the popular Russian weekly newspaper in Cyprus, sees it from another point of view. 

She says: ‘Cyprus is very comfortable. Put yourself in the position of a Russian businessman who wants to work here. He brings his family, his wife can go shopping, everyone speaks Russian. 

‘There are dozens of Russian hair salons and nail parlours, and soon she feels at home.’ Yet is this the real picture?

 

Cry for help: A Cypriot holds a protest placard during a protest outside the Cypriot Parliament earlier this week

This week I heard stories about the hundreds of wives and mistresses of Russian oligarchs, tycoons and businessmen who live on the island in lonely luxury, all but abandoned by their husbands or lovers.

‘The men stay in Russia and run their businesses,’ said Karolina, a 27-year-old mother of two children aged four and six, who moved to the island from Moscow with her parents as a teenager. 

‘They fly in every weekend by private jet to see their families and keep an eye on their offshore interests here.’

She added: ‘The wives soon feel lonely, but still, it suits the Russian men. They like to know their families are in a safe place in the sun, that the children are in good English- language schools and are nearer to Western Europe when it comes to going to university.’

However, Alexey Voloboev, a 40-year-old former Moscow oil trader, who moved to Cyprus with his young family seven years ago, thinks the Russian love affair with the island is all but over. 

He set up Russian Wave Radio and owns the swanky Frank Sinatra Karaoke Bar on the main promenade in Limassol, where the menu is in Russian and English.

 

Fear across the country: Today, almost half of the £55 billion in the Cyprus banking system belongs to Russians

Cyprus has been good to him. As he told me in his busy bar, full of Russian customers: ‘We heard about Cyprus by word of mouth back in Moscow. At first it was only a few who came, but soon we realised it offered the kind of life we craved. I thought it was heaven.

‘I have three children and we went to the beach at weekends. We went to parties, we ate out, we loved life. 

‘But now everything has changed and the Russians will definitely leave. I am hoping to move to London or Edinburgh.’

Voloboev predicts that 90 per cent of the Russians will disappear from the island and go to the UK or tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands. And he warns that, once the Russians quit, Cyprus will quickly begin to suffer.

He says the signs are there already. Three oil tankers have been unable to dock in Limassol because their Russian owners can’t get money from the banks to pay the port fees. 

‘Businesses are beginning to unravel. This island will face a catastrophe when they lose all the money we Russians spend and invest here.’

Yet, this week, as the temperature hit 75 degrees, young Russians — nicknamed Cypruskies — were reluctant to admit the party was really over.

In the 7 Seas club, 17-year-old Christina Bachinskaya, studying at the University of Nicosia, said: ‘I feel as though this is my own country. I have never known anywhere else. We all speak  Russian and have a good time. I don’t want to go.’

As I leave her sipping cocktails on the club’s terrace, the Cypriot manager Eddy Nassar calls me to one side for a word. 

He whispers in my ear: ‘Please say nice things about the Russians. Our country needs them. They are the people who buy the champagne.’

 

 

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